Colorado frequently makes a strong showing on national lists. We've been named the healthiest state in the country, the best place to live, and even one of the best states for college students. According to one website, two Colorado communities are also among the top cities in the nation for hippies.

Colorado made's list of the "Top 17 Best U.S. Cities For Hippies" not just once, but twice. We even made the top five.

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First Things First - Let's Define 'Hippie'

Let's begin by establishing what exactly constitutes a hippie. For many, a hippie is someone not overly concerned with grooming, adopting a carefree lifestyle frequently involving a van of some make or model. That may be a tad bit inaccurate.

According to Britannica, a hippie, or hippy, is a:

...member, during the 1960s and 1970s, of a countercultural movement that rejected the mores of mainstream American life. The movement originated on college campuses in the United States, although it spread to other countries, including Canada and Britain. The name derived from “hip,” a term applied to the Beats of the 1950s, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, who were generally considered to be the precursors of hippies.

Coming In at #14 On The List

A huge congratulations, or perhaps more accurately, a sincere "far out, man" is in order for the Colorado town of Manitou Springs. According to Estately, Manitou Springs comes in at #14 on the list of best towns/cities in the United States for hippies.

If you've been to Manitou Springs, this probably comes as no surprise. Estately says, "Sometimes called the “hippie Mayberry,” the town at the base of Pike’s Peak is a haven for the artsy, spiritual types."

A Strong Showing at #4 On The List

Coming in strong at #4 is a Colorado community synonymous with the hippie movement, Boulder. This city, currently home to a population of 104,175 residents, was a popular home to the hippie movement back in the 1960s. After attending a music festival in Boulder roughly three years ago, I can confidently say that hasn't changed a drop in the last 60 years.

When it comes to "The People's Republic of Boulder," Estately says, "Residents enjoy their progressive politics, organic produce, public nudity, and WOW do they love them some marijuana."

Two Colorado Towns Make List of Best Places For Hippies

If a hippie were looking for a place to live in the United States, where would they go? The website Estately put together a list of the "17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies."

Colorado made's list not just once, but twice. We even made the top five.

Gallery Credit: Waylon Jordan

Colorado City Named One of Best in U.S. For Those Who Love Nature

The Discoverer offers an article, "Where To Live in the U.S. If You Love Nature." The article offers seven locations, located from sea to shining sea, ideal for the nature enthusiast.

One community in Colorado made the final cut. The Discoverer recommends the town of Boulder, Colorado for those "...who would happily exchange walks through the mall for strolls on the beach, in the forest, or anywhere else in nature..."

Gallery Credit: Waylon Jordan

4 Colorado Towns Named Best Towns In America With Fewer Than 10,000 Residents

Four tiny Colorado towns recently found themselves on a prestigious list. They were ranked as one of the "Best U.S Towns With Fewer Than 10,000 Residents." Which four Colorado communities made the cut?

The list, courtesy of Far & Wide, ranks the best towns to "... live in or visit." In the end, Colorado performed very well with four towns making the list. Texas only had one. Some states didn't appear on the list at all.

Also making the gallery is a town, not in Colorado, but close, finishing at #80 on the list.

Gallery Credit: Waylon Jordan

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