Photos: Ten best states for hippies -- and the ones Estately.com ranks above Colorado

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Photo by Brandon Marshall; click to see the complete Widespread Panic at Red Rocks slide show.
Colorado has long been known as one of hippie culture's great bastions. But in its list of the best and worst U.S. states for hippies, Estately.com suggests that while Colorado still deserves recognition, it's rep may soon start to slide.

Really? Judge for yourself by counting down the roster, supplemented by excerpts from Estately.com text and photos from our summer 2013 slide show featuring fans of Widespread Panic -- a band that hails from Georgia, one of Estately's ten worst hippie states....

Note: The rankings were determined via the following factors:

Number of communes and intentional communities per capita in each state (source: Fellowship for Intentional Community)

Number of food co-ops per capita in each state (source: Coop Directory)

Number of local Etsy stores per capita selling hemp, patchouli and tie-dye products (source: Etsy)

Percentage of Facebook users who express interest in the following: Grateful Dead, Phish, cannabis, tie-dye, peace, LSD, Bob Dylan, and hippies (source: Facebook)

Number 10: Idaho
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Photo by Brandon Marshall; click to see the complete Widespread Panic at Red Rocks slide show.
Honestly, this came as a surprise. We triple checked the numbers and it all adds up. Thought for sure it would be Hawaii. So confused.
Number 9: Washington
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Photo by Brandon Marshall; click to see the complete Widespread Panic at Red Rocks slide show.
Residents of Washington state don't express their hippie values on Facebook the way the other states in the top ten do, but the state is littered with communes and intentional communities (108), marijuana is legal (and plentiful), and green values are commonplace.
Continue to keep counting down Estately's ten best states for hippies.


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Iannz
Iannz

I feel ashamed that Idaho is even on this list, it makes our state look bad, we should kick these hippie losers out.

Ross Blanchard
Ross Blanchard

Who the hell is Etsy and where can I find one of his stores?

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

I'm waiting for a story to come out about the Tiny home my friend built. When will that happen?

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

More shitty divisive "journalism" from a bottom feeding slag rag!

Haven Holmes
Haven Holmes

I think everyone needs to shut the fuck up and get on with their lives. No matter which side of the discussion you're on, it's pretty pathetic that you'd waste time stressing about what some judgmental asshole thinks.

Carrie Obermeyer
Carrie Obermeyer

I don't care what anyone else thinks of our state. I love it here.

Dee Bee
Dee Bee

No, they are in my FB feed.

Dee Robinson
Dee Robinson

Bad very bad, Colorado with a butch of uptight non nature lovers, go back to your red states, or open your mind!

Dee Bee
Dee Bee

I'm starting to think the state would be better without the Westword....

Steve Paradise
Steve Paradise

I live here now/I dont smoke crack like your momma either

Kyle Excitable
Kyle Excitable

If you don't like progressive minded people who like micro brews and good marijuana then move to Wyoming... plenty of cows and rednecks up there. And what even is a hippie? A guy with long hair or dreads? Blah grow up

Rick Moe
Rick Moe

I would rather live in a hippie state than shit hole Indiana, if I could move I would!

Steve Paradise
Steve Paradise

I live here as well /listen by far asheville NC beats denver by a mile .I lived there for a long time.\

Kyle Obergfell
Kyle Obergfell

I'm sure we'll enjoy plenty of bigoted people that neatly have the world summed up by any given person's physical appearance. One look at them and they know their life story..

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Keep the hippies. Colorado's strong counterculture makes us interesting and fun.

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Hippies are broke, more like trusta-farians live here. Derp.

the_streets_yo
the_streets_yo

The problems with the list rankings are Montana and Idaho... 2 States loaded with Mormons and rednecks and many Mormon-Rednecks who drive police cars...Find yourself on the working end of their religious righteousness, and you will need a bail bondsman.

Nes Lasen
Nes Lasen

What we have here are not hippies...hippies are from 50 years ago.....What we have here are "POSERS"...that is...people who are too stupid and lazy to begin their own movement, many of them are trustfund kids...so they still ride off of the notoriety of their predecessors.It's sad.....

Nia Simone
Nia Simone

Maine is where I learned to love the Earth and where I would say I became a "hippie". I've only been in Colorado for a few months, but I have to say I had no idea that drugs were so closely tied into the hippie culture until I got older because they keep it focused up there in New England. Yes people do drugs, but they are actively fighting for a better world as opposed to.... getting super fucking high all the time and going to shows. Awesome shows does not a real hippie make.

Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

dont give a fuck. Fuck what people think. Atleast we arent Juggalos.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Why am I not the least bit surprised that "top" 3 happen to be the pearliest of whitest states in the Union?

Jeffrey Grubesic
Jeffrey Grubesic

Smelly hippies, take a shower, shave, and get a job. Today's hippies suck!! The only real hippies were the hippies of the 60's-70's.

Becca Mertens
Becca Mertens

Tourism is tourism. As long as they spend money here and help our small businesses!!

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

YES, excellent idea, everybody move from Colorado to Vermont!!

augustusjohnston
augustusjohnston

It's actually the reverse of what you think.  Colorado is changing from a red state to a blue state.  The Process is Red Necks, then hippies, then yuppies, then gangs.  Look at California.  Take it from me, I've lived here my entire 34 years.

the_streets_yo
the_streets_yo

You're right... These kids think more about accessorizing - to look the part.  They all buy the same sarongs, tie-dyes, beads and hippy regalia  from Walmart and Target all of which is made by the same Chinese vendor.   

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

We have a better world till we get rid of all the filthy, lazy hippies. 

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