These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Oregon


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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 Oregon.

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 Beaver 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 Oregon, 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 Oregon:

  1. Fairview (Photos)
  2. Milwaukie (Photos)
  3. Gladstone (Photos)
  4. Hood River (Photos)
  5. Troutdale (Photos)
  6. Warrenton (Photos)
  7. Talent
  8. Happy Valley (Photos)
  9. Newport (Photos)
  10. Lake Oswego (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 Oregon or the safest places to live in Oregon.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Oregon?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Oregon, 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 75 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 Oregon.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Fairview.

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. Fairview

Fairview, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.42
Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

2. Milwaukie

Milwaukie, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.47
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.45
Milwaukie /mlwki/ is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A very small portion of the city extends into Multnomah County. The population was 20,291 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city, known as the Dogwood City of the West, was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. The city is now a suburb of Portland and also adjoins the unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Oak Grove.

3. Gladstone

Gladstone, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.14
Gladstone is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 11,491 at the 2010 census. Gladstone is an approximately 4-square-mile (10 km2) suburban community, 12 miles (19 km) south of Portland, the largest city in Oregon, and located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers.

4. Hood River

Hood River, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.23
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.09
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. It is a port on the Columbia River, and is named for the nearby Hood River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,167.

5. Troutdale

Troutdale, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.49
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.16
Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, U.S.A., north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,962. The city serves as the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.

6. Warrenton

Warrenton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.98
Warrenton is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The city is named for D.K. (Daniel Knight) Warren, an early settler. The population estimate 5,282 in 2016, according to the US Census Bureau.

7. Talent

Talent, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.65
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.11
Talent is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 6,066 at the 2010 census.

8. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.57
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.59
Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

9. Newport

Newport, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.0

10. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Lake Oswego /swio/ is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles (13 km) south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre (1.64 km2) Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon’s brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Oregon

If you’re measuring the locations in Oregon 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 Oregon:

  1. Winston
  2. Sheridan
  3. Newport

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Oregon

City Rank Population
Fairview 1 9,094
Milwaukie 2 20,449
Gladstone 3 11,668
Hood River 4 7,311
Troutdale 5 16,339
Warrenton 6 5,089
Talent 7 6,164
Happy Valley 8 15,693
Newport 9 10,045
Lake Oswego 10 37,310
Central Point 11 17,443
Astoria 12 9,503
Florence 13 8,498
West Linn 14 25,710
Seaside 15 6,481
Tualatin 16 26,604
North Bend 17 9,591
Brookings 18 6,350
Tigard 19 49,633
Sherwood 20 18,687
St. Helens 21 13,017
Canby 22 16,821
Roseburg 23 21,858
Ashland 24 20,412
Madras 25 6,419
Coos Bay 26 16,022
Cornelius 27 12,068
Keizer 28 36,875
Cottage Grove 29 9,772
Wilsonville 30 20,335
Ontario 31 11,148
Eugene 32 158,131
The Dalles 33 15,068
Beaverton 34 92,593
Sandy 35 9,945
Klamath Falls 36 21,165
Silverton 37 9,342
Bend 38 79,698
Damascus 39 10,711
Grants Pass 40 34,916
La Grande 41 13,090
Corvallis 42 54,735
Stayton 43 7,719
Prineville 44 9,184
Scappoose 45 6,778
Umatilla 46 6,998
Redmond 47 27,002
Eagle Point 48 8,599
Hermiston 49 17,031
Lebanon 50 15,761
Forest Grove 51 22,070
Molalla 52 8,247
Mcminnville 53 32,839
Portland 54 602,568
Woodburn 55 24,282
Winston 56 5,356
Milton-Freewater 57 7,094
Medford 58 76,648
Sweet Home 59 9,042
Gresham 60 108,250
Creswell 61 5,065
Springfield 62 59,882
Hillsboro 63 95,765
Pendleton 64 16,830
Independence 65 8,654
Salem 66 157,967
Dallas 67 14,788
Albany 68 51,210
Newport 69 10,045
Monmouth 70 9,769
Sutherlin 71 7,776
Newberg 72 22,451
Newport 73 10,045
Sheridan 74 6,081
Winston 75 5,356

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