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 (Photos)
  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. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places 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: Flickr

Population: 6,079
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

2. Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,047
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

Population: 6,836
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

Population: 11,855
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

5. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,508
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

6. Deer Park

Deer Park, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,720
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

7. Union

Union, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,425
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

Population: 8,324
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

Population: 13,404
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

10. Worthington

Worthington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,727
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Pepper Pike 1 6,079 3.13
Brooklyn 2 11,047 1.27
Grandview Heights 3 6,836 3.36
Beachwood 4 11,855 1.69
Richmond Heights 5 10,508 1.33
Deer Park 6 5,720 3.32
Union 7 6,425 9.34
Highland Heights 8 8,324 1.32
University Heights 9 13,404 1.64
Worthington 10 13,727 1.17
Madeira 11 8,801 2.05
Olmsted Falls 12 8,943 1.01
Lyndhurst 13 13,856 1.3
Munroe Falls 14 5,037 1.79
Warrensville Heights 15 13,387 1.49
Independence 16 7,136 0.84
Bedford Heights 17 10,680 1.22
Seven Hills 18 11,735 0.68
Fairview Park 19 16,625 0.84
Oakwood 20 9,150 1.09
Montgomery 21 10,332 1.16
Middleburg Heights 22 15,823 0.51
South Euclid 23 22,052 0.91
Reading 24 10,357 0.87
Fairlawn 25 7,430 1.21
Wyoming 26 8,404 0.48
East Cleveland 27 17,619 0.74
Norwood 28 19,170 1.51
Blue Ash 29 12,124 0.74
Maumee 30 14,148 0.92
Campbell 31 8,127 0.86
Moraine 32 6,333 1.11
Rossford 33 6,434 1.71
Brook Park 34 19,027 0.37
Greenville 35 13,121 2.13
Shaker Heights 36 28,071 0.78
Struthers 37 10,574 0.47
Bexley 38 13,286 1.43
Mayfield Heights 39 18,973 0.69
Rocky River 40 20,145 0.65
Berea 41 19,044 0.47
North College Hill 42 9,366 0.64
Sharonville 43 13,836 0.65
Upper Arlington 44 34,191 0.64
Mentor-On-The-Lake 45 7,430 0.54
Mount Healthy 46 6,061 0.33
Oakwood 47 9,150 0.77
Ontario 48 6,160 0.49
Parma Heights 49 20,490 0.34
Loveland 50 12,425 0.72
Groveport 51 5,535 0.36
Milford 52 6,748 1.04
Sylvania 53 18,923 0.58
Tallmadge 54 17,463 0.34
New Albany 55 8,169 0.73
Cheviot 56 8,330 0.96
Bellbrook 57 7,035 1.56
Springdale 58 11,201 0.36
Sheffield Lake 59 9,090 0.44
Oberlin 60 8,368 0.24
Willoughby Hills 61 9,446 0.85
Maple Heights 62 22,880 0.35
Girard 63 9,799 0.1
Canal Winchester 64 7,334 0.55
Riverside 65 25,143 0.24
Cleveland Heights 66 45,657 0.44
North Olmsted 67 32,374 0.28
Granville 68 5,689 0.53
North Canton 69 17,437 0.57
Bedford 70 12,927 0.15
Broadview Heights 71 19,309 0.26
Heath 72 10,381 0.48
Gahanna 73 33,786 0.27
Lexington 74 5,706 0.53
Belpre 75 6,431 0.47
Centerville 76 23,986 0.75
Whitehall 77 18,383 0.27
Norton 78 12,052 0.33
Avon 79 21,783 0.41
Powell 80 12,012 0.83
Macedonia 81 11,364 0.18
Westlake 82 32,513 0.25
Solon 83 23,177 0.39
Amherst 84 12,080 0.17
Brecksville 85 13,543 0.37
Lakewood 86 51,434 0.25
Athens 87 24,151 0.12
Pickerington 88 19,014 0.32
Canfield 89 7,443 0.4
Martins Ferry 90 6,850 0.15
Forest Park 91 18,685 0.27
North Royalton 92 30,353 0.2
Hilliard 93 30,815 0.13
Garfield Heights 94 28,492 0.04
Franklin 95 11,817 0.17
St. Clairsville 96 5,151 0.58
Eastlake 97 18,448 0.33
Perrysburg 98 21,122 0.47
Avon Lake 99 22,881 0.39
Dublin 100 42,378 0.21

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