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.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in New Jersey or the safest places to live 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

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
Guttenberg (/tnbr/) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 11,176. Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is the ninth-smallest municipality in the state and the most densely populated incorporated municipality in the United States, as well as one of the most densely populated municipalities worldwide, with 57,116 people per square mile (22,052/km²) of land area.

2. Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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
Glen Ridge is a borough in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,527, reflecting an increase of 256 (+3.5%) from the 7,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 195 (+2.8%) from the 7,076 counted in the 1990 Census.

3. North Caldwell

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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
North Caldwell is a borough in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey, United States, and a suburb of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 6,183, reflecting a decline of 1,192 (-16.2%) from the 7,375 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 669 (+10.0%) from the 6,706 counted in the 1990 Census.

4. Haddon Heights

Haddon Heights, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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
Haddon Heights is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,473, reflecting a decline of 74 (-1.0%) from the 7,547 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 313 (-4.0%) from the 7,860 counted in the 1990 Census.

5. Audubon

Audubon, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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

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
Secaucus (/sikks/ SEE-kaw-kus) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 (+2.1%) from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 (+13.3%) from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.

7. Caldwell

Caldwell, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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
Caldwell is a borough located in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey, about 16 miles (26 km) outside of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,822, reflecting an increase of 238 (+3.1%) from the 7,584 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 35 (+0.5%) from the 7,549 counted in the 1990 Census.

8. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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
Edgewater is a borough located along the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a population of 11,513, reflecting an increase of 3,836 (+50.0%) from the 7,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,676 (+53.5%) from the 5,001 counted in the 1990 Census.

9. Somerdale



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



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 — The Hippies Of New Jersey

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

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Population
Guttenberg 1 11,397
Glen Ridge 2 7,606
North Caldwell 3 6,407
Haddon Heights 4 7,425
Audubon 5 8,763
Secaucus 6 17,614
Caldwell 7 7,864
Edgewater 8 11,969
Somerdale 9 5,246
Prospect Park 10 5,915
Ridgefield 11 11,191
Leonia 12 9,051
Woodcliff Lake 13 5,785
Roseland 14 5,835
Carlstadt 15 6,189
Barrington 16 6,904
Englewood Cliffs 17 5,346
Fairview 18 14,126
Haledon 19 8,397
Norwood 20 5,769
Collingswood 21 13,929
Fanwood 22 7,475
North Haledon 23 8,478
Midland Park 24 7,229
Runnemede 25 8,435
Oradell 26 8,080
Cliffside Park 27 24,532
Mountainside 28 6,765
Dunellen 29 7,317
Bogota 30 8,277
Little Ferry 31 10,773
Oceanport 32 5,834
Haddonfield 33 11,521
Emerson 34 7,538
Little Silver 35 5,920
Hoboken 36 51,979
Ridgefield Park 37 12,875
West New York 38 51,511
Kenilworth 39 8,045
Allendale 40 6,666
Old Tappan 41 5,835
Stratford 42 6,997
Park Ridge 43 8,763
Bellmawr 44 11,538
Belmar 45 5,760
Glen Rock 46 11,784
Morris Plains 47 5,635
Cresskill 48 8,669
South Amboy 49 8,749
Manasquan 50 5,841
Fair Haven 51 6,093
Woodland Park 52 12,129
River Edge 53 11,483
Closter 54 8,519
Maywood 55 9,651
Watchung 56 5,855
New Providence 57 12,314
Waldwick 58 9,808
West Long Branch 59 8,391
Linwood 60 7,071
Hasbrouck Heights 61 11,989
Franklin Lakes 62 10,726
Hillsdale 63 10,381
Palmyra 64 7,372
Totowa 65 10,872
Palisades Park 66 20,066
Chatham 67 9,000
Wallington 68 11,487
Wood-Ridge 69 8,249
Roselle Park 70 13,465
Pompton Lakes 71 11,162
Spotswood 72 8,359
Westwood 73 11,056
Upper Saddle River 74 8,304
Berlin 75 7,587
Manville 76 10,426
Rumson 77 7,045
Raritan 78 7,318
Florham Park 79 11,820
Metuchen 80 13,707
Highland Park 81 14,224
Northfield 82 8,616
Montvale 83 8,000
Jamesburg 84 5,963
Tenafly 85 14,672
Rockaway 86 6,480
Pine Hill 87 10,383
Bloomingdale 88 7,808
Union Beach 89 6,040
Bound Brook 90 10,607
Harrison 91 14,436
Hawthorne 92 18,944
Mount Arlington 93 5,140
East Rutherford 94 9,298
Rahway 95 27,994
Dumont 96 17,706
Mendham 97 5,008
Wharton 98 6,586
New Milford 99 16,524
Somers Point 100 10,783
Lincoln Park 101 10,515
Penns Grove 102 5,082
Madison 103 16,043
Asbury Park 104 15,933
Middlesex 105 13,766
Somerville 106 12,175
Lindenwold 107 17,512
Fort Lee 108 36,048
Red Bank 109 12,250
Camden 110 77,294
Absecon 111 8,400
Wanaque 112 11,243
Butler 113 7,636
Keyport 114 7,213
Englewood 115 27,435
Elmwood Park 116 19,921
Paramus 117 26,612
Ridgewood 118 25,270
North Arlington 119 15,587
Matawan 120 8,759
Summit 121 21,826
Burlington 122 9,865
Woodbury 123 10,098
Pitman 124 8,959
Paulsboro 125 6,041
Clayton 126 8,225
Carteret 127 23,770
Fairview 128 14,126
Beachwood 129 11,127
Bernardsville 130 7,766
Boonton 131 8,424
Lodi 132 24,428
South Plainfield 133 23,686
Roselle 134 21,348
South River 135 16,177
Freehold 136 12,018
Pleasantville 137 20,436
East Orange 138 64,538
North Plainfield 139 22,056
Plainfield 140 50,423
Fair Lawn 141 32,962
Ramsey 142 14,650
Westfield 143 30,647
Bergenfield 144 27,157
Rutherford 145 18,297
Wildwood 146 5,255
Point Pleasant 147 18,481
Oakland 148 12,914
Garfield 149 30,996
Phillipsburg 150 14,717
Perth Amboy 151 51,727
Kearny 152 41,538
Tinton Falls 153 17,933
Bayonne 154 64,763
Linden 155 41,054
Clifton 156 85,138
Newton 157 7,999
Keansburg 158 10,011
Glassboro 159 18,798
Dover 160 18,298
Hackensack 161 43,903
New Brunswick 162 55,804
Passaic 163 70,651
Long Branch 164 30,590
Ringwood 165 12,320
Trenton 166 84,459
Newark 167 278,750
Sayreville 168 43,962
Kinnelon 169 10,349
Elizabeth 170 126,964
Salem 171 5,045
Paterson 172 146,341
Hammonton 173 14,796
Vineland 174 60,985
Elizabeth 175 126,964
Brigantine 176 9,420
Washington 177 6,439
Millville 178 28,603
Bridgeton 179 25,252
Hopatcong 180 14,921

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