These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Nebraska


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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 Nebraska.

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 Cornhusker 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 Nebraska, 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 Nebraska:

  1. Ralston (Photos)
  2. La Vista (Photos)
  3. Papillion (Photos)
  4. Grand Island (Photos)
  5. Fremont (Photos)
  6. Blair (Photos)
  7. Norfolk (Photos)
  8. Gering (Photos)
  9. Lincoln (Photos)
  10. Omaha (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 Nebraska or the safest places to live in Nebraska.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Nebraska?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Nebraska, 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 30 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 Nebraska.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Ralston.

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. Ralston

Ralston, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.73
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.93
Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

2. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.05
La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

3. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.71

4. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census.

5. Fremont

Fremont, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the county seat and the home of Midland University.

6. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

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: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Norfolk

Norfolk, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Norfolk (/nrfrk/ or /nrfok/) is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. It is the principal city of the Norfolk Micropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

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: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,500 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County.

9. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Lincoln (pronounced /lkn/) is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles (242.06 km2) with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

10. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

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: 0.02
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Omaha (/omh/ OH-m-hah) is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Nebraska

If you’re measuring the locations in Nebraska 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 Nebraska:

  1. Lexington
  2. Sidney
  3. Seward

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Nebraska

City Rank Population
Ralston 1 6,826
La Vista 2 17,125
Papillion 3 21,100
Grand Island 4 50,059
Fremont 5 26,483
Blair 6 7,990
Norfolk 7 24,364
Gering 8 8,463
Lincoln 9 265,811
Omaha 10 435,454
Bellevue 11 52,690
Crete 12 7,055
Plattsmouth 13 6,473
Kearney 14 31,759
North Platte 15 24,532
Scottsbluff 16 14,998
Beatrice 17 12,183
Hastings 18 25,030
Schuyler 19 6,195
Mccook 20 7,670
Gretna 21 5,416
York 22 7,878
Chadron 23 5,829
Alliance 24 8,501
Columbus 25 22,436
Wayne 26 5,578
Holdrege 27 5,506
Seward 28 7,050
Sidney 29 6,801
Lexington 30 10,189

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