The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Connecticut For 2024

The hippiest cities in Connecticut are Groton and Derby for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

You might think that the whole hippie movement has faded away, but the truth is, there are plenty of hippies out there in Connecticut.

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 Constitution State where the most hippies would live.

And, after crunching the data, you know what? It was spot on.

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 those criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where hippies might live in Connecticut, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie-dye shirt and sandals as you go through this list with us.

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The 10 Cities In Connecticut With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2024

  1. Groton
  2. Derby
  3. West Haven
  4. Milford
  5. New London
  6. Naugatuck
  7. Ansonia
  8. New Britain
  9. Shelton
  10. Bristol

Best Places For Hippies In Connecticut Map

What’s the hippiest city in Connecticut? The hippiest city in Connecticut is Groton.

Read on below to see where your town ranked, Young Flower Child.

Groton, CT

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Population: 9,348
% Liberal: 58.3%
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Derby, CT

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Population: 12,837
% Liberal: 60.7%
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West Haven, CT

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Population: 55,290
% Liberal: 60.7%
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Milford, CT

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Population: 51,509
% Liberal: 60.7%
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New London, CT

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Population: 27,536
% Liberal: 58.3%
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Naugatuck, CT

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Population: 31,790
% Liberal: 60.7%
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Ansonia, CT

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Population: 19,128
% Liberal: 60.7%
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New Britain, CT

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Population: 73,095
% Liberal: 62.4%
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Shelton, CT

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Population: 40,472
% Liberal: 54.9%
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Bristol, CT

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Population: 60,556
% Liberal: 62.4%
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Methodology: How we determined the most beatnik city in Connecticut

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Connecticut, we used Saturday Night Science 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 2018-2022 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

For the sake of getting reliable numbers on places, we counted any place within a ~4.5 mile radius of a city’s center. The average city in the United States 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 21 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 Connecticut.” We’re looking at you, Groton.

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.

Summary: The Hippies Of Connecticut

If you’re measuring the locations in Connecticut where there are lots of liberals, and there are many options for vegan food, yoga and thrift stores, this is an accurate list.

The most hippie cities in Connecticut are Groton, Derby, West Haven, Milford, New London, Naugatuck, Ansonia, New Britain, Shelton, and Bristol.

If you’re curious, here are the most square places in Connecticut:

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Torrington
  3. Meriden

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hippie Cities In Connecticut

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Groton 9,348 58.3%
2 Derby 12,837 60.7%
3 West Haven 55,290 60.7%
4 Milford 51,509 60.7%
5 New London 27,536 58.3%
6 Naugatuck 31,790 60.7%
7 Ansonia 19,128 60.7%
8 New Britain 73,095 62.4%
9 Shelton 40,472 54.9%
10 Bristol 60,556 62.4%
11 Stamford 125,401 54.9%
12 Danbury 82,781 54.9%
13 Norwich 40,378 58.3%
14 New Haven 130,553 60.7%
15 Middletown 47,424 57.3%
16 Hartford 125,211 62.4%
17 Norwalk 87,214 54.9%
18 Waterbury 109,887 60.7%
19 Meriden 60,616 60.7%
20 Torrington 35,774 47.4%
21 Bridgeport 146,680 54.9%
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