These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In West Virginia


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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 West Virginia.

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 Mountain 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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia:

  1. Dunbar
  2. Nitro (Photos)
  3. South Charleston (Photos)
  4. Morgantown (Photos)
  5. Hurricane (Photos)
  6. Vienna (Photos)
  7. Buckhannon (Photos)
  8. St. Albans (Photos)
  9. Martinsburg (Photos)
  10. Oak Hill (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 West Virginia.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in West Virginia?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in West Virginia, 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 26 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 West Virginia.” We’re lookin’ at you, Dunbar.

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. Dunbar


Population: 7,844
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.4

2. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,860
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.31

3. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.05

4. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,133
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.33

5. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.63

6. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.22

7. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.53

8. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.09
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: 0.82

9. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,508
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.46

10. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,270
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.97

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in West Virginia 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 West Virginia:

  1. Moundsville
  2. Weirton
  3. Bluefield

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Dunbar 1 7,844 0.13
Nitro 2 6,860 0.15
South Charleston 3 13,380 0.37
Morgantown 4 30,133 0.3
Hurricane 5 6,352 0.47
Vienna 6 10,654 0.19
Buckhannon 7 5,646 0.18
St. Albans 8 10,939 0.09
Martinsburg 9 17,508 0.11
Oak Hill 10 8,270 0.12
Princeton 11 6,387 0.16
Beckley 12 17,529 0.11
Elkins 13 7,241 0.0
Charleston 14 50,911 0.1
Clarksburg 15 16,437 0.12
Huntington 16 49,053 0.04
Parkersburg 17 31,195 0.1
Keyser 18 5,350 0.0
Bridgeport 19 8,316 0.0
New Martinsville 20 5,322 0.0
Grafton 21 5,179 0.0
Fairmont 22 18,746 0.0
Wheeling 23 28,129 0.07
Bluefield 24 10,465 0.0
Weirton 25 19,523 0.05
Moundsville 26 8,960 0.0

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