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 (Photos)
  8. Happy Valley (Photos)
  9. Newport (Photos)
  10. Lake Oswego (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 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

Population: 9,094
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

2. Milwaukie

Milwaukie, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,449
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

3. Gladstone

Gladstone, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,668
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

4. Hood River

Hood River, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,311
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

5. Troutdale

Troutdale, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,339
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

6. Warrenton

Warrenton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,089
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

7. Talent

Talent, Oregon

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,164
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

8. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693
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

9. Newport

Newport, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,045
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

Population: 37,310
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Fairview 1 9,094 0.77
Milwaukie 2 20,449 1.47
Gladstone 3 11,668 1.11
Hood River 4 7,311 1.23
Troutdale 5 16,339 0.37
Warrenton 6 5,089 0.59
Talent 7 6,164 1.46
Happy Valley 8 15,693 0.45
Newport 9 10,045 0.3
Lake Oswego 10 37,310 0.54
Central Point 11 17,443 0.46
Astoria 12 9,503 0.53
Florence 13 8,498 0.24
West Linn 14 25,710 0.54
Seaside 15 6,481 0.31
Tualatin 16 26,604 0.6
North Bend 17 9,591 0.21
Brookings 18 6,350 0.16
Tigard 19 49,633 0.44
Sherwood 20 18,687 0.43
St. Helens 21 13,017 0.31
Canby 22 16,821 0.24
Roseburg 23 21,858 0.18
Ashland 24 20,412 0.49
Madras 25 6,419 0.16
Coos Bay 26 16,022 0.12
Cornelius 27 12,068 0.41
Keizer 28 36,875 0.05
Cottage Grove 29 9,772 0.0
Wilsonville 30 20,335 0.25
Ontario 31 11,148 0.09
Eugene 32 158,131 0.17
The Dalles 33 15,068 0.07
Beaverton 34 92,593 0.15
Sandy 35 9,945 0.2
Klamath Falls 36 21,165 0.14
Silverton 37 9,342 0.32
Bend 38 79,698 0.25
Damascus 39 10,711 0.09
Grants Pass 40 34,916 0.23
La Grande 41 13,090 0.08
Corvallis 42 54,735 0.15
Stayton 43 7,719 0.13
Prineville 44 9,184 0.11
Scappoose 45 6,778 0.3
Umatilla 46 6,998 0.0
Redmond 47 27,002 0.11
Eagle Point 48 8,599 0.12
Hermiston 49 17,031 0.06
Lebanon 50 15,761 0.06
Forest Grove 51 22,070 0.14
Molalla 52 8,247 0.24
Mcminnville 53 32,839 0.03
Portland 54 602,568 0.1
Woodburn 55 24,282 0.04
Winston 56 5,356 0.0
Milton-Freewater 57 7,094 0.14
Medford 58 76,648 0.09
Sweet Home 59 9,042 0.0
Gresham 60 108,250 0.02
Creswell 61 5,065 0.2
Springfield 62 59,882 0.05
Hillsboro 63 95,765 0.05
Pendleton 64 16,830 0.0
Independence 65 8,654 0.12
Salem 66 157,967 0.04
Dallas 67 14,788 0.07
Albany 68 51,210 0.06
Newport 69 10,045 0.0
Monmouth 70 9,769 0.1
Sutherlin 71 7,776 0.0
Newberg 72 22,451 0.0
Newport 73 10,045 0.0
Sheridan 74 6,081 0.0
Winston 75 5,356 0.0

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