These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Rhode Island


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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 Rhode Island.

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 Ocean 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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island:

  1. Central Falls (Photos)
  2. East Providence (Photos)
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Pawtucket (Photos)
  5. Cranston (Photos)
  6. Warwick (Photos)
  7. Providence (Photos)
  8. Woonsocket (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 Rhode Island.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Rhode Island?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Rhode Island, 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 8 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 Rhode Island.” We’re lookin’ at you, Central Falls.

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. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.13

2. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.64

3. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,599
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.61
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.37

4. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.45

5. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.35

6. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.28

7. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.17

8. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.17

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island:

  1. Woonsocket
  2. Providence
  3. Warwick

For more Rhode Island reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Rhode Island

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Central Falls 1 19,406 0.82
East Providence 2 47,166 0.66
Newport 3 24,599 0.61
Pawtucket 4 71,313 0.31
Cranston 5 80,680 0.3
Warwick 6 82,065 0.19
Providence 7 178,562 0.18
Woonsocket 8 41,136 0.12

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