These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In New Hampshire


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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 New Hampshire.

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 Granite 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 New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire:

  1. Somersworth
  2. Lebanon (Photos)
  3. Portsmouth (Photos)
  4. Keene (Photos)
  5. Franklin (Photos)
  6. Dover
  7. Concord (Photos)
  8. Laconia (Photos)
  9. Claremont (Photos)
  10. Nashua (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 New Hampshire or the safest places to live in New Hampshire.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in New Hampshire?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in New Hampshire, 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 13 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 New Hampshire.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Somersworth.

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. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

2. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Lebanon locally /lbnn/ is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

3. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.23
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.23
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

4. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

5. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

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: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.06
Franklin is a city in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,477, the lowest of any of New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Franklin includes the village of West Franklin.

6. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

7. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Concord /k.krd/ is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

8. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

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: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,470 as of 2016. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as ‘bike week’, one of the country’s largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state’s annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

9. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.61
Claremont is the only city in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,355 at the 2010 census.

10. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state (and in the three northern New England states) after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of New Hampshire

If you’re measuring the locations in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire:

  1. Berlin
  2. Manchester
  3. Rochester

For more New Hampshire reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New Hampshire

City Rank Population
Somersworth 1 11,765
Lebanon 2 13,474
Portsmouth 3 21,366
Keene 4 23,281
Franklin 5 8,462
Dover 6 30,332
Concord 7 42,514
Laconia 8 16,007
Claremont 9 13,169
Nashua 10 86,799
Rochester 11 29,883
Manchester 12 110,065
Berlin 13 9,710

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