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
  4. Riverdale
  5. South Weber
  6. Fruit Heights
  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.

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

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
South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census.

2. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

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

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



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
Riverdale is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 7,656 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. South Weber



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
South Weber /wibr/ is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,051 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 6,731 in 2014.

6. Fruit Heights



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

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
Moab is a city on the southern edge of Grand County in eastern Utah in the western United States. The population was 5,046 at the 2010 census, and in 2015 the population was estimated to be 5,235. It is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers who ride the extensive network of trails including the Slickrock Trail, and for off-roaders who come for the annual Moab Jeep Safari.

8. Santa Clara

Santa Clara, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

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
Santa Clara is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States and is a part of the St. George Metropolitan Area. The population was 6,003 at the 2010 census, up from 4,630 at the 2000 census.

9. West Haven

West Haven, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

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
West Haven is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated on July 1, 1991, combining the unincorporated communities of Kanesville and Wilson.

10. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

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
Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Utah

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

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