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
  5. Goodlettsville
  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.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in Tennessee or the safest places to live 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: Wikipedia

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
Red Bank is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 12,418 at the 2000 census and 11,817 in 2012. Red Bank is an enclave, being entirely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. Red Bank is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2. Dickson

Dickson, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Dickson is a city in Dickson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population at the 2010 census was 14,538, with an estimate of 14,993 in 2014.

3. Alcoa

Alcoa, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Alcoa is a city in Blount County, Tennessee, United States, south of Knoxville. Its population was 8,449 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Knoxville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. East Ridge



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



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
Goodlettsville is a city in Davidson and Sumner counties, Tennessee. Goodlettsville was incorporated as a city in 1958 with a population of just over 3,000 residents; at the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,921 and in 2015 the population was 16,994. Goodlettsville chose to remain autonomous in 1963 when the city of Nashville merged with the government of Davidson County.

6. Farragut

Farragut, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Farragut is a town which straddles both Knox and Loudon counties in Tennessee and is a suburb of Knoxville. The town’s population was 20,676 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. The town is named in honor of American Civil War Admiral David Farragut, who was born just east of Farragut at Campbell’s Station in 1801.

7. Maryville

Maryville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Maryville’s population was 27,465 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area.

8. Jonesborough

Jonesborough, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Jonesborough (historically also Jonesboro) is a town in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The population was 5,975 at the 2010 census. It is ‘Tennessee’s oldest town’.

9. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

10. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

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
Lakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Tennessee

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

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