The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Kansas For 2023

The hippiest cities in Kansas are Roeland Park and Mission for 2023 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 Kansas.

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 Sunflower 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 Kansas, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie-dye shirt and 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 Kansas:

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  1. Roeland Park
  2. Mission
  3. Bonner Springs
  4. Merriam
  5. Bel Aire
  6. Leawood
  7. Lenexa
  8. Pittsburg
  9. Manhattan
  10. Hays

What’s the hippiest city in Kansas? The hippiest city in Kansas is Roeland Park.

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

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Population: 6,799
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Population: 9,451
More on Mission:  Data | Cost Of Living

Bonner Springs, KS

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Population: 7,420
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Merriam, KS

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Population: 11,191
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Population: 6,923
More on Bel Aire:  Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Leawood, KS

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Population: 32,842
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Lenexa, KS

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Population: 49,573
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Pittsburg, KS

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Population: 20,336
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Manhattan, KS

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Population: 55,112
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Hays, KS

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Population: 20,886
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Methodology: How we determined the most beatnik city in Kansas

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Kansas, 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 2017-2021 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 52 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 Kansas.” We’re looking at you, Roeland Park.

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 Kansas

If you’re measuring the locations in Kansas 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 Kansas:

  1. Liberal
  2. Wellington
  3. Ottawa

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hippie Cities In Kansas

Rank City Population
1 Roeland Park 6,799
2 Mission 9,451
3 Bonner Springs 7,420
4 Merriam 11,191
5 Bel Aire 6,923
6 Leawood 32,842
7 Lenexa 49,573
8 Pittsburg 20,336
9 Manhattan 55,112
10 Hays 20,886
11 Lawrence 90,194
12 Shawnee 63,597
13 Topeka 127,660
14 Leavenworth 35,738
15 Andover 12,113
16 Emporia 24,787
17 Mcpherson 13,205
18 Lansing 11,535
19 Pratt 6,889
20 Haysville 11,235
21 Olathe 129,913
22 Overland Park 178,945
23 Coffeyville 10,034
24 Hutchinson 41,946
25 Eudora 6,152
26 Derby 23,419
27 Salina 47,894
28 Paola 5,589
29 Newton 19,144
30 Gardner 20,128
31 Great Bend 15,942
32 Abilene 6,729
33 Parsons 10,307
34 El Dorado 12,931
35 Wichita 385,518
36 Ulysses 6,010
37 Valley Center 6,449
38 Spring Hill 5,618
39 Colby 5,411
40 Independence 9,282
41 Atchison 10,920
42 Mulvane 6,000
43 Concordia 5,327
44 Chanute 9,194
45 Iola 5,650
46 De Soto 5,888
47 Fort Scott 7,957
48 Augusta 9,239
49 Winfield 12,324
50 Ottawa 12,548
51 Wellington 8,028
52 Liberal 20,846
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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