These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Massachusetts


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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 Massachusetts.

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 Bay 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 Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts:

  1. Everett (Photos)
  2. Chelsea (Photos)
  3. Melrose (Photos)
  4. Somerville (Photos)
  5. Medford (Photos)
  6. Malden (Photos)
  7. Cambridge (Photos)
  8. Woburn (Photos)
  9. Newburyport (Photos)
  10. Salem (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 Massachusetts.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Massachusetts?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts.” We’re lookin’ at you, Everett.

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. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,758
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.98
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.94

2. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,084
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.49

3. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,509
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.98

4. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,560
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.66

5. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,981
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.68

6. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,309
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.81
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.58

7. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,844
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.47

8. Woburn

Woburn, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,826
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.49

9. Newburyport

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,662
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.74
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.57

10. Salem

Salem, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,321
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.83

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts:

  1. Worcester
  2. Fall River
  3. Quincy

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Everett 1 42,758 1.4
Chelsea 2 37,084 1.05
Melrose 3 27,509 1.13
Somerville 4 77,560 0.77
Medford 5 56,981 1.05
Malden 6 60,309 0.81
Cambridge 7 106,844 0.56
Woburn 8 38,826 0.46
Newburyport 9 17,662 0.74
Salem 10 42,321 0.35
Revere 11 53,258 0.38
Beverly 12 40,370 0.45
Northampton 13 28,637 0.56
Peabody 14 51,868 0.42
Newton 15 86,945 0.2
North Adams 16 13,563 0.22
Chicopee 17 55,603 0.14
Waltham 18 61,908 0.32
Gloucester 19 29,237 0.24
Holyoke 20 40,079 0.22
Marlborough 21 39,141 0.18
Pittsfield 22 44,226 0.09
Attleboro 23 43,774 0.11
Lawrence 24 77,364 0.23
New Bedford 25 94,873 0.15
Lynn 26 91,289 0.16
Leominster 27 40,954 0.17
Gardner 28 20,279 0.2
Fitchburg 29 40,419 0.15
Westfield 30 41,371 0.1
Lowell 31 108,491 0.13
Taunton 32 56,056 0.04
Boston 33 639,594 0.03
Haverhill 34 61,769 0.11
Springfield 35 153,836 0.08
Brockton 36 94,267 0.04
Quincy 37 92,920 0.12
Fall River 38 88,756 0.02
Worcester 39 182,511 0.06

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