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

Population: 6,826
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

2. La Vista

La Vista, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,125
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

3. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,100
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

Population: 50,059
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

5. Fremont

Fremont, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,483
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

6. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,990
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

7. Norfolk

Norfolk, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,364
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

8. Gering

Gering, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,463
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

9. Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 265,811
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

10. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 435,454
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Ralston 1 6,826 2.2
La Vista 2 17,125 0.58
Papillion 3 21,100 0.19
Grand Island 4 50,059 0.08
Fremont 5 26,483 0.08
Blair 6 7,990 0.0
Norfolk 7 24,364 0.08
Gering 8 8,463 0.0
Lincoln 9 265,811 0.04
Omaha 10 435,454 0.05
Bellevue 11 52,690 0.06
Crete 12 7,055 0.14
Plattsmouth 13 6,473 0.0
Kearney 14 31,759 0.06
North Platte 15 24,532 0.04
Scottsbluff 16 14,998 0.0
Beatrice 17 12,183 0.0
Hastings 18 25,030 0.04
Schuyler 19 6,195 0.0
Mccook 20 7,670 0.13
Gretna 21 5,416 0.0
York 22 7,878 0.0
Chadron 23 5,829 0.0
Alliance 24 8,501 0.0
Columbus 25 22,436 0.04
Wayne 26 5,578 0.0
Holdrege 27 5,506 0.0
Seward 28 7,050 0.0
Sidney 29 6,801 0.0
Lexington 30 10,189 0.0

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