These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Nevada


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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 Nevada.

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 Silver 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 Nevada, 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 Nevada:

  1. Fallon (Photos)
  2. Winnemucca (Photos)
  3. Mesquite (Photos)
  4. Elko (Photos)
  5. Reno (Photos)
  6. Henderson (Photos)
  7. Las Vegas (Photos)
  8. Fernley (Photos)
  9. Sparks (Photos)
  10. North Las Vegas (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 Nevada or the safest places to live in Nevada.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Nevada?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Nevada, 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 10 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 Nevada.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Fallon.

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. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.95

2. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.65

3. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
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: 0.62
Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.

4. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Coordinates: 40°50N 115°46W / 40.833°N 115.767°W / 40.833; -115.767 Elko (Shoshoni: Natakkoa, ‘Rocks Piled on One Another’) is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

5. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Lake Tahoe. Known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment (now known as Caesars Entertainment Corporation). It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

6. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet (410 m).

7. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Las Vegas (/ls ves/, Spanish for ‘The Meadows’), officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

8. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

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: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Coordinates: 39°3555N 119°1254W / 39.59861°N 119.21500°W / 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno–Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place (CDP). The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

9. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

10. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.01

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Nevada

If you’re measuring the locations in Nevada 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 Nevada:

  1. North Las Vegas
  2. Sparks
  3. Fernley

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Nevada

City Rank Population
Fallon 1 8,451
Winnemucca 2 7,736
Mesquite 3 16,072
Elko 4 19,308
Reno 5 231,103
Henderson 6 266,245
Las Vegas 7 597,353
Fernley 8 19,184
Sparks 9 92,236
North Las Vegas 10 223,336

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