These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Tennessee


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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 Tennessee.

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 Volunteer 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 Tennessee, 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 Tennessee:

  1. Red Bank (Photos)
  2. Dickson (Photos)
  3. Alcoa (Photos)
  4. East Ridge (Photos)
  5. Goodlettsville (Photos)
  6. Farragut (Photos)
  7. Maryville (Photos)
  8. Jonesborough (Photos)
  9. Germantown (Photos)
  10. Lakeland (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 Tennessee.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Tennessee?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Tennessee, 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 95 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 Tennessee.” We’re lookin’ at you, Red Bank.

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. Red Bank

Red Bank, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,759
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.53

2. Dickson

Dickson, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,814
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.01

3. Alcoa

Alcoa, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,556
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.64

4. East Ridge

East Ridge, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,220
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.23

5. Goodlettsville

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,466
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.49

6. Farragut

Farragut, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,111
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52

7. Maryville

Maryville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,824
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.54

8. Jonesborough

Jonesborough, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,138
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.97
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.97

9. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,207
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.23
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.23

10. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,549
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.16

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Tennessee 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 Tennessee:

  1. Lexington
  2. Morristown
  3. Morristown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Tennessee

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Red Bank 1 11,759 1.19
Dickson 2 14,814 0.68
Alcoa 3 8,556 0.58
East Ridge 4 21,220 0.14
Goodlettsville 5 16,466 0.24
Farragut 6 21,111 0.09
Maryville 7 27,824 0.14
Jonesborough 8 5,138 0.0
Germantown 9 39,207 0.23
Lakeland 10 12,549 0.08
Collegedale 11 9,488 0.11
Munford 12 6,001 0.17
Morristown 13 29,152 0.82
Crossville 14 11,125 0.27
Sevierville 15 15,592 0.06
Cookeville 16 31,004 0.13
Atoka 17 8,727 0.11
Pulaski 18 7,734 0.0
Signal Mountain 19 8,416 0.59
Brentwood 20 39,059 0.38
Millington 21 11,152 0.09
Paris 22 10,165 0.0
La Follette 23 7,304 0.0
Winchester 24 8,493 0.12
Bartlett 25 57,805 0.03
Mcminnville 26 13,600 0.15
Greenbrier 27 6,550 0.0
Franklin 28 66,596 0.14
Morristown 29 29,152 0.17
Collierville 30 46,780 0.13
Cleveland 31 42,331 0.07
Jackson 32 67,190 0.03
Dickson 33 14,814 0.14
Greeneville 34 15,015 0.07
Murfreesboro 35 114,660 0.07
Ripley 36 8,350 0.0
Mount Juliet 37 27,053 0.07
Pigeon Forge 38 6,004 0.0
La Vergne 39 33,637 0.06
Bristol 40 26,705 0.15
Clinton 41 9,874 0.1
Columbia 42 35,207 0.03
Oak Ridge 43 29,301 0.07
Bolivar 44 5,275 0.0
Springfield 45 16,598 0.0
Humboldt 46 8,363 0.0
Smyrna 47 42,235 0.05
Newport 48 6,890 0.15
Knoxville 49 181,759 0.06
Hendersonville 50 53,257 0.09
Gallatin 51 31,800 0.06
Chattanooga 52 171,863 0.07
Arlington 53 11,623 0.09
Nolensville 54 6,131 0.49
Fayetteville 55 6,991 0.0
Harriman 56 6,296 0.0
Clarksville 57 140,563 0.05
Soddy-Daisy 58 13,109 0.08
Savannah 59 7,029 0.0
Spring Hill 60 31,467 0.1
Rockwood 61 5,480 0.0
Lebanon 62 27,847 0.07
Mckenzie 63 5,561 0.0
Tullahoma 64 18,900 0.05
Memphis 65 656,715 0.02
Brownsville 66 10,079 0.0
Dayton 67 7,316 0.0
Athens 68 13,603 0.0
Mount Carmel 69 5,443 0.18
Kingsport 70 52,835 0.04
Covington 71 9,033 0.0
Milan 72 7,826 0.13
Shelbyville 73 20,616 0.0
Dyersburg 74 16,998 0.0
Erwin 75 6,052 0.0
White House 76 10,618 0.09
Manchester 77 10,223 0.0
Morristown 78 29,152 0.07
Elizabethton 79 14,322 0.07
Sparta 80 5,036 0.0
Lawrenceburg 81 10,440 0.0
Kingston 82 5,888 0.0
Loudon 83 5,606 0.0
Portland 84 11,853 0.0
Lewisburg 85 11,252 0.0
Sweetwater 86 5,856 0.0
Church Hill 87 6,742 0.0
Martin 88 11,396 0.0
Millersville 89 6,481 0.0
Henderson 90 6,429 0.0
Oakland 91 6,944 0.0
Fairview 92 8,020 0.0
Morristown 93 29,152 0.0
Morristown 94 29,152 0.0
Lexington 95 7,771 0.0

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