These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Maine


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You might think that the whole hippie movement has faded away, but the truth is, there are plenty of hippies out there in Maine.

While they aren’t necessarily in your face all the time with war protests and the next Woodstock isn’t being planned any time soon, we thought it would be fun to look at which cities in the Pine Tree State where the most hippies would live.

And, after crunching the data, you know what? It was pretty spot on, we have to say.

How do you decide where the most hippies live? By the number of yoga studios, organic markets, and most importantly, where the liberals live in droves.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where hippies might live in Maine, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie dye shirt and your sandals as you go through this list with us. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list of the 10 best cities for hippies in Maine:

  1. South Portland (Photos)
  2. Rockland (Photos)
  3. Brewer (Photos)
  4. Westbrook (Photos)
  5. Ellsworth (Photos)
  6. Bath (Photos)
  7. Belfast (Photos)
  8. Saco (Photos)
  9. Waterville (Photos)
  10. Augusta (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places in Maine.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Maine?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Maine, we had to determine what criteria defines a hippie.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Google Places API, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and Voter Registration data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of yoga studios per capita
  • Number of organic markets per capita
  • Number of pet adoption centers per capita
  • Number of vegan restaurants per capita
  • Number of thrift stores per capita
  • Each city’s liberal voting population

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a ~4.5 mile radius of a city’s center. The average city in America is about 18 square miles.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 19 in each category, where 1 was the most hippie.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a hippie index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest hippie index the “Best City for Hippies In Maine.” We’re lookin’ at you, South Portland.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in hippie central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from hippiest to most square.

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1. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.15

2. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.41
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.55

3. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.7

4. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,662
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.96
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.74

5. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.64

6. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,396
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.95

7. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,664
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.45

8. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.27

9. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.5

10. Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,898
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.32

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Maine where there are lots of liberals, and there are many options for vegan food, yoga and thrift stores, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the most square places in Maine:

  1. Caribou
  2. Caribou
  3. Lewiston

For more Maine reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Maine

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
South Portland 1 25,154 1.31
Rockland 2 7,241 0.55
Brewer 3 9,391 0.75
Westbrook 4 17,662 0.96
Ellsworth 5 7,804 0.26
Bath 6 8,396 0.6
Belfast 7 6,664 0.45
Saco 8 18,757 0.32
Waterville 9 15,886 0.06
Augusta 10 18,898 0.05
Portland 11 66,317 0.3
Gardiner 12 5,737 0.0
Bangor 13 32,800 0.18
Auburn 14 22,960 0.13
Biddeford 15 21,303 0.28
Presque Isle 16 9,494 0.11
Lewiston 17 36,410 0.08
Caribou 18 8,025 0.0
Caribou 19 8,025 0.0

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