These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Maryland


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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 Maryland.

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 Old Line 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 Maryland, 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 Maryland:

  1. Mount Rainier
  2. Cheverly (Photos)
  3. Riverdale Park (Photos)
  4. Hyattsville (Photos)
  5. Bladensburg (Photos)
  6. Takoma Park (Photos)
  7. Glenarden
  8. Walkersville
  9. New Carrollton (Photos)
  10. College Park (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the safest places to live in Maryland.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Maryland?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Maryland, 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 39 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 Maryland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Mount Rainier.

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. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 7.01
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 5.8
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.92

2. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.74
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.74
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.12
Cheverly is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.

3. Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.83
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.83
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.79
Riverdale Park, formerly known and often referred to as Riverdale, Maryland is a semi-urban town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, a suburb in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The population was 6,956 as of 2010.

4. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.83
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.49
Hyattsville is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and also a close, urban suburb of Washington, D.C. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.

5. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.64
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.49
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.03
Bladensburg is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census. Areas in Bladensburg have the ZIP code 20710. Bladensburg is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) from central Washington, D.C.

6. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.31
Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called ‘Azalea City’, is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city’s population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

7. Glenarden



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.65
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.81
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.95
Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.

8. Walkersville

Walkersville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.68
Walkersville is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census.

9. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.29
New Carrollton is a city located in central Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,135. New Carrollton is located 12 miles (19 km) east of central Washington, D.C.

10. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.41
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.89
The City of College Park is in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the ‘Archives II’ facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP).

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Maryland

If you’re measuring the locations in Maryland 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 Maryland:

  1. Hagerstown
  2. Frederick
  3. Taneytown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Maryland

City Rank Population
Mount Rainier 1 8,277
Cheverly 2 6,307
Riverdale Park 3 7,119
Hyattsville 4 18,049
Bladensburg 5 9,371
Takoma Park 6 17,307
Glenarden 7 6,145
Walkersville 8 5,966
New Carrollton 9 12,412
College Park 10 31,387
La Plata 11 8,903
Greenbelt 12 23,612
Fruitland 13 5,028
Laurel 14 25,673
Easton 15 16,541
Poolesville 16 5,042
Annapolis 17 38,599
Mount Airy 18 9,333
Brunswick 19 6,006
Rockville 20 63,402
Westminster 21 18,656
Cambridge 22 12,511
Salisbury 23 31,334
Chesapeake Beach 24 5,816
Havre De Grace 25 13,360
Thurmont 26 6,333
Gaithersburg 27 63,491
Hagerstown 28 40,295
Aberdeen 29 15,137
Bowie 30 56,335
Elkton 31 15,673
Hampstead 32 6,342
Frostburg 33 8,802
Frederick 34 66,646
Baltimore 35 622,271
Cumberland 36 20,557
Taneytown 37 6,738
Frederick 38 66,646
Hagerstown 39 40,295

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