These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Utah


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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 Utah.

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 Beehive 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 Utah, 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 Utah:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  2. Sunset (Photos)
  3. Washington Terrace (Photos)
  4. Riverdale
  5. South Weber
  6. Fruit Heights (Photos)
  7. Moab (Photos)
  8. Santa Clara (Photos)
  9. West Haven (Photos)
  10. Midvale (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 Utah.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Utah?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Utah, 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 84 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 Utah.” We’re lookin’ at you, South Salt Lake.

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. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,315
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.36
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.77

2. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.89
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.53

3. Washington Terrace

Washington Terrace, Utah

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,140
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.98
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.53

4. Riverdale


Population: 8,532
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.88

5. South Weber


Population: 6,386
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.04

6. Fruit Heights

Fruit Heights, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,353
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.49
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.49

7. Moab

Moab, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,105
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.18

8. Santa Clara

Santa Clara, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,404
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.19

9. West Haven

West Haven, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,996
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.73
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.36

10. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,957
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.9

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Utah 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 Utah:

  1. Eagle Mountain
  2. Santaquin
  3. Hooper

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Utah

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
South Salt Lake 1 24,315 1.36
Sunset 2 5,145 0.78
Washington Terrace 3 9,140 0.98
Riverdale 4 8,532 1.05
South Weber 5 6,386 0.63
Fruit Heights 6 5,353 1.12
Moab 7 5,105 0.59
Santa Clara 8 6,404 1.25
West Haven 9 10,996 0.73
Midvale 10 29,957 0.6
Harrisville 11 5,828 1.03
Holladay 12 26,896 0.59
West Bountiful 13 5,353 0.75
South Ogden 14 16,702 0.54
Farr West 15 6,113 0.49
Cottonwood Heights 16 33,932 0.5
Bluffdale 17 8,319 0.84
Providence 18 7,026 0.43
Highland 19 16,491 0.67
Murray 20 47,909 0.38
North Logan 21 9,007 0.33
Cedar Hills 22 10,025 0.5
Lindon 23 10,434 0.77
Woods Cross 24 10,389 0.39
Nibley 25 5,866 0.51
Ivins 26 7,184 0.28
Centerville 27 16,104 0.5
Roy 28 37,472 0.21
Taylorsville 29 59,920 0.12
Clinton 30 20,796 0.1
Highland 31 16,491 0.12
West Point 32 9,863 0.2
Kaysville 33 28,480 0.21
North Salt Lake 34 17,465 0.11
Clearfield 35 30,361 0.16
Riverton 36 40,274 0.15
Pleasant View 37 8,426 0.24
Sandy 38 89,521 0.19
Washington 39 20,999 0.0
South Jordan 40 56,528 0.14
American Fork 41 27,366 0.15
Mapleton 42 8,545 0.35
North Ogden 43 17,743 0.17
St. George 44 75,469 0.12
Pleasant Grove 45 34,858 0.2
Ogden 46 83,767 0.1
Draper 47 44,656 0.13
Heber 48 12,434 0.08
Salem 49 6,789 0.15
Vernal 50 9,882 0.1
Syracuse 51 25,374 0.08
Price 52 8,585 0.0
Sunset 53 5,145 0.0
Farmington 54 20,440 0.24
Herriman 55 25,022 0.12
Providence 56 7,026 0.28
Bountiful 57 42,947 0.09
Hurricane 58 14,338 0.14
West Jordan 59 108,062 0.06
Roosevelt 60 6,390 0.0
Logan 61 48,933 0.06
Layton 62 69,508 0.06
Enoch 63 6,006 0.0
Springville 64 30,649 0.1
Hyrum 65 7,751 0.0
Orem 66 90,485 0.1
Sunset 67 5,145 0.0
Smithfield 68 10,233 0.1
Nephi 69 5,442 0.0
Spanish Fork 70 36,337 0.08
Tooele 71 32,164 0.03
Grantsville 72 9,391 0.0
Tremonton 73 7,833 0.0
Ephraim 74 6,303 0.0
Lehi 75 51,982 0.04
Alpine 76 9,856 0.1
Provo 77 114,804 0.06
Murray 78 47,909 0.0
Richfield 79 7,550 0.0
Saratoga Springs 80 21,061 0.09
Payson 81 18,928 0.0
Hooper 82 7,720 0.0
Santaquin 83 9,694 0.0
Eagle Mountain 84 23,468 0.09

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