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

Population: 8,277
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

Population: 6,307
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

3. Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,119
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

4. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,049
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

5. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371
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

6. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,307
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

7. Glenarden


Population: 6,145
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

8. Walkersville

Walkersville, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,966
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

9. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,412
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

10. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,387
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Mount Rainier 1 8,277 7.01
Cheverly 2 6,307 1.74
Riverdale Park 3 7,119 1.83
Hyattsville 4 18,049 2.05
Bladensburg 5 9,371 1.81
Takoma Park 6 17,307 2.31
Glenarden 7 6,145 0.65
Walkersville 8 5,966 1.17
New Carrollton 9 12,412 0.4
College Park 10 31,387 0.64
La Plata 11 8,903 0.34
Greenbelt 12 23,612 0.25
Fruitland 13 5,028 0.6
Laurel 14 25,673 0.23
Easton 15 16,541 0.3
Poolesville 16 5,042 0.4
Annapolis 17 38,599 0.44
Mount Airy 18 9,333 0.21
Brunswick 19 6,006 0.33
Rockville 20 63,402 0.3
Westminster 21 18,656 0.27
Cambridge 22 12,511 0.08
Salisbury 23 31,334 0.1
Chesapeake Beach 24 5,816 0.34
Havre De Grace 25 13,360 0.22
Thurmont 26 6,333 0.16
Gaithersburg 27 63,491 0.16
Hagerstown 28 40,295 0.07
Aberdeen 29 15,137 0.2
Bowie 30 56,335 0.12
Elkton 31 15,673 0.0
Hampstead 32 6,342 0.16
Frostburg 33 8,802 0.34
Frederick 34 66,646 0.12
Baltimore 35 622,271 0.04
Cumberland 36 20,557 0.05
Taneytown 37 6,738 0.3
Frederick 38 66,646 0.0
Hagerstown 39 40,295 0.0

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