These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Mississippi


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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 Mississippi.

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 Magnolia 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 Mississippi, 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 Mississippi:

  1. Louisville (Photos)
  2. Louisville (Photos)
  3. Petal (Photos)
  4. Flowood
  5. D’Iberville (Photos)
  6. Ridgeland
  7. Waveland (Photos)
  8. Oxford (Photos)
  9. Batesville (Photos)
  10. Senatobia (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 Mississippi.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Mississippi?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Mississippi, 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 63 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 Mississippi.” We’re lookin’ at you, Louisville.

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. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,498
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.69
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 6.62

2. Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,498
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.46

3. Petal

Petal, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,675
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75

4. Flowood


Population: 8,218
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.97
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.34

5. D’Iberville

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,161
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.98

6. Ridgeland


Population: 24,209
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.7

7. Waveland

Waveland, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,463
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31

8. Oxford

Oxford, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,200
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.25

9. Batesville

Batesville, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,436
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.27

10. Senatobia

Senatobia, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,063
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.25

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Mississippi 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 Mississippi:

  1. Gautier
  2. Pascagoula
  3. Kosciusko

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Mississippi

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Louisville 1 6,498 3.69
Louisville 2 6,498 0.92
Petal 3 10,675 0.28
Flowood 4 8,218 0.37
D’Iberville 5 10,161 0.2
Ridgeland 6 24,209 0.25
Waveland 7 6,463 0.15
Oxford 8 20,200 0.15
Batesville 9 7,436 0.13
Senatobia 10 8,063 0.12
Greenwood 11 15,873 0.13
Hattiesburg 12 46,629 0.09
Tupelo 13 35,345 0.08
Madison 14 24,871 0.16
Natchez 15 15,563 0.13
Cleveland 16 12,318 0.0
Mccomb 17 12,771 0.08
Indianola 18 10,426 0.0
Meridian 19 40,809 0.05
Bay St. Louis 20 10,313 0.19
Horn Lake 21 26,486 0.08
Columbus 22 23,483 0.09
Richland 23 7,012 0.0
Picayune 24 10,838 0.09
Long Beach 25 15,224 0.0
Ocean Springs 26 17,446 0.11
New Albany 27 8,291 0.12
Clarksdale 28 17,497 0.06
Grenada 29 12,951 0.0
Starkville 30 24,457 0.04
Corinth 31 14,797 0.0
Columbia 32 6,446 0.0
Louisville 33 6,498 0.0
Southaven 34 50,389 0.1
Brookhaven 35 12,499 0.0
Vicksburg 36 23,559 0.04
Jackson 37 173,631 0.03
Laurel 38 18,720 0.05
Holly Springs 39 7,585 0.0
Gulfport 40 69,913 0.04
Hernando 41 14,723 0.07
Moss Point 42 13,690 0.0
Biloxi 43 44,527 0.07
Brandon 44 22,616 0.0
Greenville 45 33,518 0.0
Forest 46 5,719 0.0
Olive Branch 47 34,543 0.03
Diamondhead 48 8,275 0.24
Byram 49 11,609 0.0
Canton 50 13,321 0.0
Philadelphia 51 7,446 0.0
Pearl 52 26,105 0.08
Aberdeen 53 5,492 0.0
West Point 54 11,200 0.0
Amory 55 7,197 0.0
Clinton 56 25,486 0.0
Booneville 57 8,775 0.0
Forest 58 5,719 0.0
Ripley 59 5,349 0.0
Pontotoc 60 5,754 0.0
Kosciusko 61 7,302 0.0
Pascagoula 62 22,239 0.0
Gautier 63 18,581 0.0

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