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. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places 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

Population: 7,086
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

2. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,542
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

3. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,629
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

4. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,377
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

5. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,123
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

6. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,142
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

7. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,625
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

Population: 9,668
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

9. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,887
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

10. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,017
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Livingston 1 7,086 0.28
Whitefish 2 6,542 1.07
Kalispell 3 20,629 0.24
Missoula 4 68,377 0.25
Bozeman 5 39,123 0.54
Helena 6 29,142 0.27
Belgrade 7 7,625 0.13
Havre 8 9,668 0.0
Laurel 9 6,887 0.0
Great Falls 10 59,017 0.05
Billings 11 106,979 0.08
Glendive 12 5,167 0.0
Sidney 13 5,888 0.0
Lewistown 14 5,879 0.0
Lewistown 15 5,879 0.0

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