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
  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.

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

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
Taos /tas/ is a town in Taos County in the north-central region of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, incorporated in 1934. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,716. Other nearby communities include Ranchos de Taos, Cañon, Taos Canyon, Ranchitos, El Prado, and Arroyo Seco. The town is close to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name.

2. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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: Wikipedia

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
Corrales is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 8,329 at the 2010 Census. With proximity to the Rio Grande, the village was founded for agricultural purposes. The Rio Grande Bosque on the eastern edge of the village provides refuge for native animals and plants. The village fights hard to maintain its rural character in light of being surrounded by the rapidly expanding cities of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

4. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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
Sunland Park is a city in southern Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Juárez adjoining it on the south and El Paso, Texas on the east. The community of Santa Teresa adjoins it on the northwest. The population of Sunland Park was 14,106 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 15,400 by the United States Census Bureau in 2014. Though it lies adjacent to El Paso, being in Doña Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles (68 km) to the north.

5. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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
Santa Fe (/sæntfe/ or /sæntfe/; Tewa: Ogha Po’oge, Navajo: Yootó) is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County.

6. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso, and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area’s population of 21,223.

7. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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
Gallup (Navajo: Nanízhoozhí) is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. A substantial percentage of its population is Native American, with residents from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County and the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, along the historic U.S. Route 66.

8. Aztec

Aztec, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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

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
Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities (one a city and the other a town) both named Las Vegas, west Las Vegas (‘Old Town’) and east Las Vegas (‘New Town’), separated by the Gallinas River, retain distinct characters and separate, rival school districts. The population was 14,565 at the 2000 census. Las Vegas, NM is located 110 miles (180 km) south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles (105 km) east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles (196 km) northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles (414 km) south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles (525 km) south of Denver, Colorado.

10. Bernalillo

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of New Mexico

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

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