These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In New Mexico


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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 Mexico.

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 Land of Enchantment 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 Mexico, 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 Mexico:

  1. Taos (Photos)
  2. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque (Photos)
  3. Corrales (Photos)
  4. Sunland Park (Photos)
  5. Santa Fe (Photos)
  6. Ruidoso (Photos)
  7. Gallup (Photos)
  8. Aztec (Photos)
  9. Las Vegas (Photos)
  10. Bernalillo (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 New Mexico.

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

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in New Mexico, 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 32 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 Mexico.” We’re lookin’ at you, Taos.

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. Taos

Taos, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,713
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.58

2. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque


Population: 6,074
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.48
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.32
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.1

3. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,426
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.66
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.78
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.31

4. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,794
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.54

5. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,245
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.4

6. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,954
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75

7. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,189
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.23

8. Aztec

Aztec, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,619
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.76

9. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,833
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.29

10. Bernalillo

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,400
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.48

There You Have It

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

  1. Lovington
  2. Bloomfield
  3. Truth or Consequences

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New Mexico

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Taos 1 5,713 0.88
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 2 6,074 4.12
Corrales 3 8,426 1.66
Sunland Park 4 14,794 0.54
Santa Fe 5 69,245 0.4
Ruidoso 6 7,954 0.63
Gallup 7 22,189 0.05
Aztec 8 6,619 0.15
Las Vegas 9 13,833 0.07
Bernalillo 10 8,400 0.36
Los Lunas 11 15,203 0.07
Grants 12 9,245 0.11
Deming 13 14,760 0.14
Las Cruces 14 100,360 0.08
Alamogordo 15 31,224 0.06
Socorro 16 8,898 0.0
Anthony 17 9,462 0.0
Farmington 18 45,383 0.07
Raton 19 6,627 0.0
Belen 20 7,249 0.28
Tucumcari 21 5,237 0.0
Artesia 22 11,494 0.0
Rio Rancho 23 90,627 0.06
Albuquerque 24 553,576 0.07
Roswell 25 48,568 0.04
Clovis 26 39,204 0.03
Carlsbad 27 26,996 0.04
Hobbs 28 35,343 0.03
Portales 29 12,481 0.0
Truth Or Consequences 30 6,337 0.0
Bloomfield 31 7,877 0.0
Lovington 32 11,364 0.0

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