These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In South Dakota


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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 Dakota.

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 Mount Rushmore 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 Dakota, 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 Dakota:

  1. Sturgis (Photos)
  2. Spearfish (Photos)
  3. Watertown (Photos)
  4. Yankton (Photos)
  5. Brookings (Photos)
  6. Mitchell (Photos)
  7. Aberdeen (Photos)
  8. Pierre (Photos)
  9. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  10. Brandon (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 South Dakota.

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

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in South Dakota, 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 15 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 Dakota.” We’re lookin’ at you, Sturgis.

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. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,652
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.6

2. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,836
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.46

3. Watertown

Watertown, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,795
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.46

4. Yankton

Yankton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,513
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.34

5. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,645
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.26

6. Mitchell

Mitchell, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,490
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.39

7. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,979
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.33

8. Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,885
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.29

9. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,964
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.01
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.14

10. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.0

There You Have It

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

  1. Belle Fourche
  2. Box Elder
  3. Huron

For more South Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Sturgis 1 6,652 0.15
Spearfish 2 10,836 0.0
Watertown 3 21,795 0.05
Yankton 4 14,513 0.07
Brookings 5 22,645 0.04
Mitchell 6 15,490 0.06
Aberdeen 7 26,979 0.07
Pierre 8 13,885 0.14
Sioux Falls 9 160,964 0.08
Brandon 10 9,350 0.11
Madison 11 6,830 0.0
Vermillion 12 10,697 0.0
Huron 13 12,982 0.0
Box Elder 14 8,683 0.12
Belle Fourche 15 5,677 0.0

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