These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In New Jersey


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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 Jersey.

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 Garden 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 Jersey, 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 Jersey:

  1. Guttenberg (Photos)
  2. Glen Ridge (Photos)
  3. North Caldwell
  4. Haddon Heights (Photos)
  5. Audubon (Photos)
  6. Secaucus (Photos)
  7. Caldwell (Photos)
  8. Edgewater (Photos)
  9. Somerdale
  10. Prospect Park

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 New Jersey.

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

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in New Jersey, 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 180 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 Jersey.” We’re lookin’ at you, Guttenberg.

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. Guttenberg

Guttenberg, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,397
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 4.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 3.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 5.26
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.26

2. Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,606
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.6
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.31
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 6.57

3. North Caldwell


Population: 6,407
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.68
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.28

4. Haddon Heights

Haddon Heights, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,425
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.56
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.62
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.18

5. Audubon

Audubon, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,763
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.8
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.6
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.45

6. Secaucus

Secaucus, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,614
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.16
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.7
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.21

7. Caldwell

Caldwell, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,864
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.94
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.02
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.8

8. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,969
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.01
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.01
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.26
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.01

9. Somerdale


Population: 5,246
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.48
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.52
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.62

10. Prospect Park


Population: 5,915
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.04
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.35
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.89

There You Have It

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

  1. Hopatcong
  2. Bridgeton
  3. Millville

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Guttenberg 1 11,397 5.26
Glen Ridge 2 7,606 4.6
North Caldwell 3 6,407 4.68
Haddon Heights 4 7,425 2.56
Audubon 5 8,763 2.05
Secaucus 6 17,614 2.16
Caldwell 7 7,864 3.94
Edgewater 8 11,969 5.01
Somerdale 9 5,246 2.48
Prospect Park 10 5,915 3.04
Ridgefield 11 11,191 4.38
Leonia 12 9,051 4.09
Woodcliff Lake 13 5,785 5.36
Roseland 14 5,835 2.74
Carlstadt 15 6,189 3.88
Barrington 16 6,904 2.32
Englewood Cliffs 17 5,346 5.61
Fairview 18 14,126 4.25
Haledon 19 8,397 2.26
Norwood 20 5,769 3.64
Collingswood 21 13,929 1.36
Fanwood 22 7,475 2.81
North Haledon 23 8,478 2.83
Midland Park 24 7,229 3.6
Runnemede 25 8,435 1.78
Oradell 26 8,080 3.22
Cliffside Park 27 24,532 2.45
Mountainside 28 6,765 5.91
Dunellen 29 7,317 2.19
Bogota 30 8,277 3.02
Little Ferry 31 10,773 2.69
Oceanport 32 5,834 3.26
Haddonfield 33 11,521 2.08
Emerson 34 7,538 2.92
Little Silver 35 5,920 3.38
Hoboken 36 51,979 1.15
Ridgefield Park 37 12,875 1.94
West New York 38 51,511 1.16
Kenilworth 39 8,045 4.23
Allendale 40 6,666 3.6
Old Tappan 41 5,835 3.6
Stratford 42 6,997 0.71
Park Ridge 43 8,763 2.85
Bellmawr 44 11,538 1.65
Belmar 45 5,760 4.51
Glen Rock 46 11,784 1.87
Morris Plains 47 5,635 4.26
Cresskill 48 8,669 2.31
South Amboy 49 8,749 1.49
Manasquan 50 5,841 2.57
Fair Haven 51 6,093 2.95
Woodland Park 52 12,129 1.4
River Edge 53 11,483 1.83
Closter 54 8,519 2.58
Maywood 55 9,651 1.45
Watchung 56 5,855 2.39
New Providence 57 12,314 2.76
Waldwick 58 9,808 2.45
West Long Branch 59 8,391 1.79
Linwood 60 7,071 1.56
Hasbrouck Heights 61 11,989 1.08
Franklin Lakes 62 10,726 1.77
Hillsdale 63 10,381 2.12
Palmyra 64 7,372 0.95
Totowa 65 10,872 1.66
Palisades Park 66 20,066 1.79
Chatham 67 9,000 3.22
Wallington 68 11,487 0.78
Wood-Ridge 69 8,249 1.09
Roselle Park 70 13,465 1.86
Pompton Lakes 71 11,162 1.34
Spotswood 72 8,359 0.84
Westwood 73 11,056 1.72
Upper Saddle River 74 8,304 2.53
Berlin 75 7,587 0.66
Manville 76 10,426 1.34
Rumson 77 7,045 1.99
Raritan 78 7,318 1.23
Florham Park 79 11,820 3.13
Metuchen 80 13,707 1.31
Highland Park 81 14,224 1.48
Northfield 82 8,616 1.39
Montvale 83 8,000 2.25
Jamesburg 84 5,963 0.84
Tenafly 85 14,672 1.23
Rockaway 86 6,480 1.54
Pine Hill 87 10,383 0.48
Bloomingdale 88 7,808 1.15
Union Beach 89 6,040 1.32
Bound Brook 90 10,607 1.98
Harrison 91 14,436 0.48
Hawthorne 92 18,944 1.0
Mount Arlington 93 5,140 1.17
East Rutherford 94 9,298 1.08
Rahway 95 27,994 0.82
Dumont 96 17,706 1.52
Mendham 97 5,008 1.4
Wharton 98 6,586 1.67
New Milford 99 16,524 1.09
Somers Point 100 10,783 0.93

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