These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Michigan


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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 Michigan.

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 Wolverine 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 Michigan, 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 Michigan:

  1. Highland Park (Photos)
  2. Plymouth (Photos)
  3. Huntington Woods (Photos)
  4. River Rouge (Photos)
  5. Northville (Photos)
  6. Clawson (Photos)
  7. Berkley (Photos)
  8. Beverly Hills (Photos)
  9. Ecorse (Photos)
  10. Grosse Pointe (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 Michigan.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Michigan?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Michigan, 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 147 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 Michigan.” We’re lookin’ at you, Highland Park.

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. Highland Park

Highland Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,951
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.47

2. Plymouth

Plymouth, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,029
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.55
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.22

3. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.65
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.9
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.74
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 6.18

4. River Rouge

River Rouge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,761
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.32

5. Northville

Northville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,001
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.5
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.0

6. Clawson

Clawson, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,943
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.93

7. Berkley

Berkley, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,136
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.38
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.58

8. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.74

9. Ecorse

Ecorse, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,401
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.02

10. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.68

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Michigan 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 Michigan:

  1. Niles
  2. Sturgis
  3. Grand Rapids

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Michigan

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Highland Park 1 10,951 1.28
Plymouth 2 9,029 1.55
Huntington Woods 3 6,310 3.65
River Rouge 4 7,761 0.77
Northville 5 6,001 2.5
Clawson 6 11,943 2.09
Berkley 7 15,136 2.38
Beverly Hills 8 10,368 2.22
Ecorse 9 9,401 0.32
Grosse Pointe 10 5,350 1.12
Hazel Park 11 16,532 1.03
Walled Lake 12 7,065 2.12
Farmington 13 10,472 1.53
Hamtramck 14 22,256 0.63
Ferndale 15 20,102 0.95
Birmingham 16 20,382 1.32
East Grand Rapids 17 10,999 1.64
Harper Woods 18 14,058 0.57
Riverview 19 12,347 0.32
Melvindale 20 10,584 0.47
Swartz Creek 21 5,664 0.53
Grosse Pointe Farms 22 9,371 0.64
Grand Blanc 23 8,147 0.61
Springfield 24 5,231 0.38
Fraser 25 14,544 0.48
Madison Heights 26 30,028 0.8
Allen Park 27 27,869 0.22
Oak Park 28 29,622 0.68
Grosse Pointe Woods 29 15,943 0.5
Brighton 30 7,562 1.59
St. Joseph 31 8,310 0.48
Zeeland 32 5,566 0.72
Center Line 33 8,279 0.24
Grosse Pointe Park 34 11,412 0.53
Rochester 35 12,872 0.78
Muskegon Heights 36 10,807 0.65
Benton Harbor 37 10,056 0.4
Petoskey 38 5,705 0.7
Wixom 39 13,640 0.73
Milford 40 6,325 0.63
Ypsilanti 41 19,844 0.45
Woodhaven 42 12,747 0.31
Trenton 43 18,635 0.21
Wayne 44 17,314 0.23
Royal Oak 45 58,382 0.48
Inkster 46 25,056 0.24
Sault Ste. Marie 47 14,121 0.35
Flushing 48 8,252 0.36
Kingsford 49 5,115 0.2
Southgate 50 29,710 0.13
Flat Rock 51 9,859 0.1
Ludington 52 8,061 0.12
Howell 53 9,543 0.52
Hudsonville 54 7,217 0.14
Davison 55 5,085 0.2
Houghton 56 7,897 0.13
Holly 57 6,142 0.81
East Lansing 58 48,611 0.41
Eastpointe 59 32,526 0.18
Chelsea 60 5,085 0.39
Grandville 61 15,613 0.32
Mount Clemens 62 16,345 0.24
Iron Mountain 63 7,593 0.13
Auburn Hills 64 21,639 0.14
Norton Shores 65 23,941 0.21
Port Huron 66 29,534 0.17
Marysville 67 9,842 0.2
Mount Pleasant 68 26,095 0.15
Wyandotte 69 25,470 0.12
Lincoln Park 70 37,648 0.05
Manistee 71 6,160 0.16
Rockford 72 5,876 0.34
Monroe 73 20,455 0.24
Roseville 74 47,408 0.15
Allegan 75 5,030 0.4
Burton 76 29,429 0.17
Grand Haven 77 10,687 0.28
Ishpeming 78 6,514 0.0
Dowagiac 79 5,822 0.17
Kentwood 80 49,736 0.14
Cadillac 81 10,306 0.1
Saline 82 9,000 0.33
Menominee 83 8,516 0.12
Richmond 84 5,806 0.17
Ann Arbor 85 115,985 0.29
Fenton 86 11,601 0.26
Holland 87 33,342 0.21
Big Rapids 88 10,543 0.19
St. Clair 89 5,428 0.55
Lapeer 90 8,801 0.34
Grand Ledge 91 7,779 0.13
Walker 92 24,015 0.17
Portage 93 47,137 0.17
South Lyon 94 11,514 0.17
Farmington Hills 95 80,682 0.22
Ironwood 96 5,237 0.0
Kalamazoo 97 75,190 0.16
Marquette 98 21,430 0.14
Novi 99 56,887 0.33
Romulus 100 23,721 0.04

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