These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Missouri


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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 Missouri.

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 Show Me 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 Missouri, 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 Missouri:

  1. Shrewsbury
  2. Maplewood (Photos)
  3. Richmond Heights (Photos)
  4. Glendale (Photos)
  5. Brentwood (Photos)
  6. Olivette (Photos)
  7. Ladue (Photos)
  8. Des Peres (Photos)
  9. Crestwood (Photos)
  10. Clayton (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 Missouri.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Missouri?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Missouri, 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 126 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 Missouri.” We’re lookin’ at you, Shrewsbury.

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. Shrewsbury


Population: 6,217
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.93
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.77
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.29
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 6.59

2. Maplewood

Maplewood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,987
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.38
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.38
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.88
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.63

3. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,526
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.99
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.52
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.29
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.11

4. Glendale

Glendale, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,926
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.89
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.57

5. Brentwood

Brentwood, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,048
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.1

6. Olivette

Olivette, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,809
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.18
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.9
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.59

7. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,549
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.51
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.51

8. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,443
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.78
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.95
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.84

9. Crestwood

Crestwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,934
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.76
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.68

10. Clayton

Clayton, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,912
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.95
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.57
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.69
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.77

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Missouri 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 Missouri:

  1. Macon
  2. Perryville
  3. Pleasant Hill

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Missouri

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Shrewsbury 1 6,217 5.31
Maplewood 2 7,987 4.38
Richmond Heights 3 8,526 3.99
Glendale 4 5,926 4.89
Brentwood 5 8,048 4.1
Olivette 6 7,809 2.18
Ladue 7 8,549 3.51
Des Peres 8 8,443 1.78
Crestwood 9 11,934 1.76
Clayton 10 15,912 1.95
St. John 11 6,486 0.62
Sunset Hills 12 8,523 1.17
Valley Park 13 6,980 0.86
Dellwood 14 5,010 0.4
Town And Country 15 10,890 1.1
Ellisville 16 9,162 1.09
Berkeley 17 9,120 0.44
Webster Groves 18 23,084 1.3
Black Jack 19 6,924 0.29
Weldon Spring 20 5,496 0.91
Overland 21 16,043 0.87
Parkville 22 5,811 0.69
Bridgeton 23 11,654 0.34
Creve Coeur 24 17,841 0.56
St. Ann 25 12,988 0.23
Kirkwood 26 27,587 0.72
Manchester 27 18,125 0.66
Dardenne Prairie 28 12,116 0.33
Battlefield 29 5,759 1.22
Bellefontaine Neighbors 30 10,823 0.18
Ferguson 31 21,151 0.14
Grain Valley 32 13,037 0.23
Branson 33 10,942 0.27
Ballwin 34 30,478 0.26
Jennings 35 14,730 0.2
Maryland Heights 36 27,420 0.22
Waynesville 37 5,147 0.19
Lake St. Louis 38 14,759 0.27
Greenwood 39 5,322 0.38
Park Hills 40 8,714 0.11
Arnold 41 21,020 0.24
Festus 42 11,740 0.09
Kearney 43 8,845 0.11
Grandview 44 24,860 0.16
Oak Grove 45 7,747 0.0
Raytown 46 29,520 0.1
Warrenton 47 7,974 0.25
Gladstone 48 26,032 0.12
Chesterfield 49 47,651 0.19
Carl Junction 50 7,511 0.13
Nevada 51 8,318 0.12
Pacific 52 6,047 0.17
Liberty 53 29,806 0.13
Richmond 54 5,702 0.18
Eureka 55 10,375 0.19
Rolla 56 19,808 0.1
Sullivan 57 7,058 0.0
West Plains 58 12,176 0.08
Florissant 59 52,353 0.04
Raymore 60 19,576 0.15
Blue Springs 61 53,053 0.04
Wentzville 62 31,591 0.13
St. Peters 63 54,236 0.11
Farmington 64 17,213 0.06
Boonville 65 8,320 0.0
Pevely 66 5,566 0.0
St. Louis 67 318,727 0.08
Independence 68 117,160 0.03
Lee’S Summit 69 92,813 0.11
Excelsior Springs 70 11,391 0.0
Washington 71 13,982 0.07
Belton 72 23,197 0.13
St. Charles 73 66,900 0.09
O’Fallon 74 81,978 0.06
Hazelwood 75 25,671 0.0
Harrisonville 76 10,019 0.0
Springfield 77 162,333 0.12
Bolivar 78 10,443 0.0
Wildwood 79 35,701 0.14
Warrensburg 80 19,548 0.1
Fulton 81 12,791 0.08
Columbia 82 113,155 0.08
Savannah 83 5,101 0.0
Aurora 84 7,475 0.0
Chillicothe 85 8,528 0.0
Bonne Terre 86 7,025 0.0
Poplar Bluff 87 17,190 0.06
Lebanon 88 14,595 0.0
Clinton 89 9,014 0.0
De Soto 90 6,449 0.0
St. Joseph 91 77,040 0.03
Union 92 10,517 0.0
Joplin 93 50,900 0.06
Odessa 94 5,237 0.0
Monett 95 8,935 0.0
Cape Girardeau 96 38,665 0.08
Carthage 97 14,281 0.07
Republic 98 15,222 0.07
Maryville 99 12,018 0.0
Sedalia 100 21,429 0.0

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