These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Ohio


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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 Ohio.

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 Buckeye 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio:

  1. Pepper Pike
  2. Brooklyn (Photos)
  3. Grandview Heights (Photos)
  4. Beachwood (Photos)
  5. Richmond Heights (Photos)
  6. Deer Park (Photos)
  7. Union (Photos)
  8. Highland Heights (Photos)
  9. University Heights (Photos)
  10. Worthington (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 Ohio or the safest places to live in Ohio.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Ohio?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Ohio, 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 260 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 Ohio.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Pepper Pike.

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. Pepper Pike

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.8
Pepper Pike is an affluent eastern suburb of the Greater Cleveland area in the US state of Ohio. The population was 5,979 at the 2010 census.

2. Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.54
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.98

3. Grandview Heights

Grandview Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.36
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.73
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.36
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.83

4. Beachwood

Beachwood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.69
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.86
Beachwood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 11,953.

5. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.24
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.0
Richmond Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,546 at the 2010 census.

6. Deer Park

Deer Park, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.57
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.57
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.87
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.2
Deer Park is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,736 at the 2010 census.

7. Union

Union, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 9.34
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 5.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 5.6
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 9.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 9.34

8. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.68

9. University Heights

University Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.57
University Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It borders Beachwood to the east, Cleveland Heights to the west, South Euclid to the north and Shaker Heights to the south. The population was 13,539 as of the 2010 Census. University Heights is nicknamed the ‘City of Beautiful Homes.’ University Heights is closely tied to neighboring Cleveland Heights, with the two sharing a school system, library system, post office and ZIP Code, some city services, and local media outlets. With about half the population under the age of 30, University Heights is home to one of the youngest communities in the region, including both students and families.

10. Worthington

Worthington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.95
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.89
Worthington is an affluent city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, and is a northern suburb of the larger Columbus. The population was 13,575 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company led by James Kilbourne, who was later elected to the United States House of Representatives, and named in honor of Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Ohio

If you’re measuring the locations in Ohio 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 Ohio:

  1. Mason
  2. Galion
  3. Delphos

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Ohio

City Rank Population
Pepper Pike 1 6,079
Brooklyn 2 11,047
Grandview Heights 3 6,836
Beachwood 4 11,855
Richmond Heights 5 10,508
Deer Park 6 5,720
Union 7 6,425
Highland Heights 8 8,324
University Heights 9 13,404
Worthington 10 13,727
Madeira 11 8,801
Olmsted Falls 12 8,943
Lyndhurst 13 13,856
Munroe Falls 14 5,037
Warrensville Heights 15 13,387
Independence 16 7,136
Bedford Heights 17 10,680
Seven Hills 18 11,735
Fairview Park 19 16,625
Oakwood 20 9,150
Montgomery 21 10,332
Middleburg Heights 22 15,823
South Euclid 23 22,052
Reading 24 10,357
Fairlawn 25 7,430
Wyoming 26 8,404
East Cleveland 27 17,619
Norwood 28 19,170
Blue Ash 29 12,124
Maumee 30 14,148
Campbell 31 8,127
Moraine 32 6,333
Rossford 33 6,434
Brook Park 34 19,027
Greenville 35 13,121
Shaker Heights 36 28,071
Struthers 37 10,574
Bexley 38 13,286
Mayfield Heights 39 18,973
Rocky River 40 20,145
Berea 41 19,044
North College Hill 42 9,366
Sharonville 43 13,836
Upper Arlington 44 34,191
Mentor-On-The-Lake 45 7,430
Mount Healthy 46 6,061
Oakwood 47 9,150
Ontario 48 6,160
Parma Heights 49 20,490
Loveland 50 12,425
Groveport 51 5,535
Milford 52 6,748
Sylvania 53 18,923
Tallmadge 54 17,463
New Albany 55 8,169
Cheviot 56 8,330
Bellbrook 57 7,035
Springdale 58 11,201
Sheffield Lake 59 9,090
Oberlin 60 8,368
Willoughby Hills 61 9,446
Maple Heights 62 22,880
Girard 63 9,799
Canal Winchester 64 7,334
Riverside 65 25,143
Cleveland Heights 66 45,657
North Olmsted 67 32,374
Granville 68 5,689
North Canton 69 17,437
Bedford 70 12,927
Broadview Heights 71 19,309
Heath 72 10,381
Gahanna 73 33,786
Lexington 74 5,706
Belpre 75 6,431
Centerville 76 23,986
Whitehall 77 18,383
Norton 78 12,052
Avon 79 21,783
Powell 80 12,012
Macedonia 81 11,364
Westlake 82 32,513
Solon 83 23,177
Amherst 84 12,080
Brecksville 85 13,543
Lakewood 86 51,434
Athens 87 24,151
Pickerington 88 19,014
Canfield 89 7,443
Martins Ferry 90 6,850
Forest Park 91 18,685
North Royalton 92 30,353
Hilliard 93 30,815
Garfield Heights 94 28,492
Franklin 95 11,817
St. Clairsville 96 5,151
Eastlake 97 18,448
Perrysburg 98 21,122
Avon Lake 99 22,881
Dublin 100 42,378
Kirtland 101 6,838
Miamisburg 102 20,168
Sandusky 103 25,626
Columbiana 104 6,341
Northwood 105 5,285
Wickliffe 106 12,671
Stow 107 34,741
Vandalia 108 15,220
Twinsburg 109 18,784
Niles 110 19,028
Amelia 111 5,323
Willowick 112 14,084
Huron 113 7,095
Westerville 114 37,101
Harrison 115 10,212
West Carrollton 116 13,087
Port Clinton 117 6,038
Strongsville 118 44,649
Reynoldsburg 119 36,439
Salem 120 12,214
Willoughby 121 22,361
Kettering 122 56,138
Ironton 123 11,190
Painesville 124 19,689
Green 125 25,835
Cortland 126 7,050
Grafton 127 6,145
Kent 128 29,367
Jackson 129 6,343
Euclid 130 48,313
Wooster 131 26,353
Cambridge 132 10,558
Springboro 133 17,499
Germantown 134 5,545
Hudson 135 22,351
Waterville 136 5,499
Cuyahoga Falls 137 49,316
Monroe 138 13,633
Ravenna 139 11,635
Brookville 140 6,351
Clayton 141 13,212
Geneva 142 6,158
Parma 143 80,699
Mason 144 31,289
Englewood 145 13,468
Vermilion 146 10,415
South Lebanon 147 5,215
Barberton 148 26,375
Carlisle 149 5,001
Marietta 150 14,029
Clyde 151 6,350
Logan 152 7,314
Chillicothe 153 21,802
Mount Vernon 154 16,919
Hubbard 155 7,787
Beavercreek 156 45,738
Zanesville 157 25,444
Rittman 158 6,457
Warren 159 40,925
Bellefontaine 160 13,141
Ada 161 6,112
Mansfield 162 47,150
New Franklin 163 14,245
Youngstown 164 66,013
Steubenville 165 18,437
Streetsboro 166 16,152
Huber Heights 167 38,484
Canton 168 72,668
Louisville 169 9,151
Trotwood 170 24,322
Brunswick 171 34,438
Union 172 6,425
Circleville 173 13,395
Bryan 174 8,523
Troy 175 25,334
Marysville 176 22,773
Nelsonville 177 5,596
Fairborn 178 33,039
Ashtabula 179 18,819
Urbana 180 11,587
Youngstown 181 66,013
Hillsboro 182 6,570
Medina 183 26,544
Mentor 184 47,008
Dover 185 12,839
Cleveland 186 392,114
Bellevue 187 8,157
North Ridgeville 188 30,680
Union 189 6,425
Cincinnati 190 297,117
Tiffin 191 17,835
Wadsworth 192 21,752
New Philadelphia 193 17,334
Elyria 194 54,216
Upper Sandusky 195 6,792
Newark 196 47,744
Toledo 197 283,932
Defiance 198 16,646
Fremont 199 16,555
Lorain 200 63,885
Dayton 201 141,776
Fairfield 202 42,643
Akron 203 198,492
Findlay 204 41,297
Coshocton 205 11,179
Springfield 206 60,216
Alliance 207 22,196
Marion 208 36,791
Celina 209 10,374
Portsmouth 210 20,320
East Liverpool 211 11,065
Lima 212 38,432
Columbus 213 811,943
Eaton 214 8,334
Greenville 215 13,121
Wellington 216 5,004
Wauseon 217 6,953
Willard 218 6,163
Lebanon 219 20,338
Pataskala 220 15,069
Bowling Green 221 31,366
Wilmington 222 12,424
Wellston 223 5,590
Chardon 224 5,161
Oregon 225 20,282
Napoleon 226 8,940
Uhrichsville 227 5,408
Lancaster 228 39,105
Piqua 229 20,649
Aurora 230 15,568
Massillon 231 32,224
Wapakoneta 232 9,853
Ashland 233 20,421
Bucyrus 234 12,140
Oakwood 235 9,150
Trenton 236 12,091
London 237 9,924
Delaware 238 36,188
Canal Fulton 239 5,479
Norwalk 240 16,927
Oxford 241 21,552
Kenton 242 7,783
Washington Court House 243 14,123
Green 244 25,835
Van Wert 245 10,859
Xenia 246 25,903
Conneaut 247 12,836
St. Marys 248 8,193
Orrville 249 8,389
Hamilton 250 62,366
Middletown 251 48,256
Greenville 252 13,121
Fostoria 253 13,003
New Carlisle 254 5,732
Centerville 255 23,986
Shelby 256 9,149
Sidney 257 21,126
Delphos 258 7,267
Galion 259 10,314
Mason 260 31,289

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