These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In South Carolina


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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 South Carolina.

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 Palmetto 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 South Carolina, 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 South Carolina:

  1. Forest Acres (Photos)
  2. Georgetown (Photos)
  3. Irmo (Photos)
  4. Cayce (Photos)
  5. Beaufort (Photos)
  6. North Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  7. Seneca (Photos)
  8. Hanahan (Photos)
  9. James Island (Photos)
  10. Mauldin

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 South Carolina.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in South Carolina?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in South Carolina, 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 70 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 South Carolina.” We’re lookin’ at you, Forest Acres.

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 Acres

Forest Acres, South Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,533
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.52

2. Georgetown

Georgetown, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,110
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.1

3. Irmo

Irmo, South Carolina

Source: WordPress

Population: 11,518
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.96

4. Cayce

Cayce, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,944
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.16

5. Beaufort

Beaufort, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,702
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.26

6. North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,485
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.83

7. Seneca

Seneca, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,147
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.49
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.6

8. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,999
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.63

9. James Island

James Island, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,451
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.79

10. Mauldin


Population: 23,985
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.79

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in South Carolina 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 South Carolina:

  1. Greer
  2. Central
  3. Georgetown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In South Carolina

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Forest Acres 1 10,533 1.33
Georgetown 2 9,110 0.66
Irmo 3 11,518 0.26
Cayce 4 12,944 1.24
Beaufort 5 12,702 0.55
North Myrtle Beach 6 14,485 0.35
Seneca 7 8,147 0.37
Hanahan 8 18,999 0.11
James Island 9 11,451 1.14
Mauldin 10 23,985 0.25
Fountain Inn 11 8,031 0.12
Central 12 5,170 0.58
Fort Mill 13 12,068 0.41
West Columbia 14 15,623 0.64
Anderson 15 26,798 0.11
North Augusta 16 21,832 0.23
Myrtle Beach 17 28,455 0.28
Orangeburg 18 13,790 0.07
Tega Cay 19 8,224 0.73
Greenville 20 60,670 0.3
Camden 21 6,931 0.14
Spartanburg 22 37,216 0.16
Lexington 23 19,007 0.16
Mount Pleasant 24 72,379 0.15
Hilton Head Island 25 38,497 0.26
Walterboro 26 5,339 0.0
Florence 27 37,512 0.08
Georgetown 28 9,110 0.11
Clemson 29 14,254 0.56
Charleston 30 125,458 0.15
Bluffton 31 13,979 0.14
Port Royal 32 11,264 0.09
Simpsonville 33 19,219 0.05
Aiken 34 29,980 0.1
Summerville 35 44,717 0.09
Greer 36 26,626 0.23
Cheraw 37 5,809 0.0
Greenwood 38 23,296 0.04
Gaffney 39 12,565 0.0
Goose Creek 40 38,545 0.05
Chester 41 5,543 0.0
Hartsville 42 7,857 0.0
Georgetown 43 9,110 0.11
Rock Hill 44 68,185 0.01
Abbeville 45 5,207 0.0
Sumter 46 40,819 0.02
Columbia 47 131,331 0.02
Georgetown 48 9,110 0.33
Bennettsville 49 8,928 0.0
North Charleston 50 102,143 0.01
Dillon 51 6,731 0.0
York 52 7,913 0.13
Marion 53 6,833 0.0
Darlington 54 6,232 0.0
Easley 55 20,242 0.1
Georgetown 56 9,110 0.0
Conway 57 18,645 0.0
Lancaster 58 8,801 0.0
Batesburg-Leesville 59 5,242 0.0
Union 60 8,191 0.0
Moncks Corner 61 8,711 0.11
Newberry 62 10,259 0.0
Clinton 63 8,525 0.0
Laurens 64 9,136 0.0
Central 65 5,170 0.0
Union 66 8,191 0.0
Clover 67 5,321 0.0
Georgetown 68 9,110 0.0
Central 69 5,170 0.0
Greer 70 26,626 0.0

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