These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Montana


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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 Montana.

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 Treasure 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 Montana, 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 Montana:

  1. Livingston (Photos)
  2. Whitefish (Photos)
  3. Kalispell (Photos)
  4. Missoula (Photos)
  5. Bozeman (Photos)
  6. Helena (Photos)
  7. Belgrade (Photos)
  8. Havre (Photos)
  9. Laurel (Photos)
  10. Great Falls (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in Montana or the safest places to live in Montana.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Montana?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Montana, 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 15 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 Montana.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Livingston.

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. Livingston

Livingston, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

2. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.61
Whitefish (Salish: epxyu, ‘has whitefish’) is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census. It is home to a ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort.

3. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Kalispell (kæl spl, kæl spl) is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning ‘flat land above the lake’. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.

4. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Missoula /mzul/ ( listen) is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the ‘hub of five valleys’. In 2016[update], the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook Great Falls as Montana’s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.

5. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana’s statistical areas.

6. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Helena /hln/ is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

7. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52

8. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Havre (/hævr/ HAV-r) is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.

9. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census.

10. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Montana

If you’re measuring the locations in Montana 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 Montana:

  1. Lewistown
  2. Lewistown
  3. Sidney

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Montana

City Rank Population
Livingston 1 7,086
Whitefish 2 6,542
Kalispell 3 20,629
Missoula 4 68,377
Bozeman 5 39,123
Helena 6 29,142
Belgrade 7 7,625
Havre 8 9,668
Laurel 9 6,887
Great Falls 10 59,017
Billings 11 106,979
Glendive 12 5,167
Sidney 13 5,888
Lewistown 14 5,879
Lewistown 15 5,879

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