These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Pennsylvania


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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 Pennsylvania.

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 Keystone 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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania:

  1. Forest Hills (Photos)
  2. Sharon Hill (Photos)
  3. Norwood (Photos)
  4. Clifton Heights (Photos)
  5. Swarthmore (Photos)
  6. Mckees Rocks (Photos)
  7. Dormont (Photos)
  8. Collingdale (Photos)
  9. Swissvale (Photos)
  10. Glenolden (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 Pennsylvania.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Pennsylvania?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Pennsylvania, 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 182 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 Pennsylvania.” We’re lookin’ at you, Forest Hills.

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. Forest Hills

Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,501
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.23
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.61
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.54

2. Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,685
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.93
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.41
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.46
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.99

3. Norwood

Norwood, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,897
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.7
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.36
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.36
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.05

4. Clifton Heights

Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,656
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.9
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.66

5. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,198
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.81
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.0

6. Mckees Rocks


Population: 6,088
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.96
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.48
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.79

7. Dormont

Dormont, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,565
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.92
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.63
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.15

8. Collingdale

Collingdale, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,778
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.48
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.76

9. Swissvale

Swissvale, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,963
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.79
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.68
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.9

10. Glenolden

Glenolden, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,150
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.78

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania:

  1. Tyrone
  2. Punxsutawney
  3. Berwick

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Forest Hills 1 6,501 4.15
Sharon Hill 2 5,685 1.93
Norwood 3 5,897 1.7
Clifton Heights 4 6,656 2.1
Swarthmore 5 6,198 2.1
Mckees Rocks 6 6,088 2.96
Dormont 7 8,565 2.92
Collingdale 8 8,778 1.25
Swissvale 9 8,963 3.79
Glenolden 10 7,150 1.26
Folcroft 11 6,615 1.36
Catasauqua 12 6,477 2.32
Media 13 5,341 2.62
Brentwood 14 9,625 1.77
Lansdowne 15 10,618 1.41
Castle Shannon 16 8,317 2.16
Yeadon 17 11,506 1.48
Clarks Summit 18 5,101 0.78
Munhall 19 11,355 2.03
Swoyersville 20 5,038 1.79
Crafton 21 5,931 3.2
Fox Chapel 22 5,397 2.96
Duquesne 23 5,558 1.08
Bridgeville 24 5,142 3.11
Ridley Park 25 7,021 1.85
Bellevue 26 8,338 1.56
Wilkinsburg 27 15,894 2.01
Collegeville 28 5,263 2.28
Turtle Creek 29 5,335 1.87
Camp Hill 30 7,891 2.03
Steelton 31 5,959 1.34
Carnegie 32 7,960 2.14
Hatboro 33 7,403 1.22
Darby 34 10,689 0.84
Brookhaven 35 8,045 1.86
Conshohocken 36 7,864 2.03
Oakmont 37 6,358 1.73
Ambler 38 6,481 2.01
Stroudsburg 39 5,528 0.9
Wilson 40 7,852 1.15
Shillington 41 5,272 1.71
West View 42 6,752 2.52
Souderton 43 6,668 0.6
Milton 44 7,017 0.86
Baldwin 45 19,791 0.81
Olyphant 46 5,178 0.97
New Cumberland 47 7,276 1.79
Blakely 48 6,534 0.31
Moosic 49 5,712 1.23
Plymouth 50 5,905 0.85
Whitehall 51 13,931 0.72
Millersville 52 8,320 0.84
Pleasant Hills 53 8,291 0.84
Emmaus 54 11,291 0.8
Nazareth 55 5,723 0.7
Wyomissing 56 10,467 0.86
Mechanicsburg 57 8,971 1.23
Arnold 58 5,090 0.79
Milton 59 7,017 1.43
Northampton 60 9,921 0.81
Bristol 61 9,657 0.52
Taylor 62 6,230 1.44
Old Forge 63 8,265 0.85
Birdsboro 64 5,158 1.55
Coraopolis 65 5,655 1.41
Kennett Square 66 6,123 1.31
Lehighton 67 5,427 0.55
Palmyra 68 7,399 0.81
East Stroudsburg 69 9,773 0.51
Franklin Park 70 13,882 1.08
Kingston 71 13,105 0.61
Exeter 72 5,633 1.07
Dunmore 73 13,974 0.5
West Chester 74 18,860 0.74
Clairton 75 6,752 0.3
South Williamsport 76 6,370 0.31
Lansdale 77 16,382 0.49
Hollidaysburg 78 5,792 0.35
Westmont 79 5,086 0.39
Phoenixville 80 16,530 0.6
White Oak 81 7,851 0.51
Perkasie 82 8,511 0.7
Jefferson Hills 83 10,984 0.27
Schuylkill Haven 84 5,368 0.75
New Brighton 85 5,973 0.33
Lititz 86 9,386 0.43
Lewisburg 87 5,781 0.52
Gettysburg 88 7,632 0.39
Clarion 89 5,000 0.4
Red Lion 90 6,343 0.47
Monaca 91 5,721 0.35
Milton 92 7,017 0.43
Uniontown 93 10,203 0.29
Jeannette 94 9,522 0.11
Canonsburg 95 8,973 0.78
Easton 96 26,977 0.22
Sharon 97 13,845 0.22
Selinsgrove 98 5,698 0.35
Sunbury 99 9,817 0.2
Ambridge 100 6,973 1.43

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