Hoopies are Davis' own flavor of hippie. The term derives from the fact that many so-called Hippies residing in Davis are productive members of The Machine and thus the term Hippie seems both offensive and lacking. Hoopie originates from the fact that many so-called Hoopies live in the housing co-operatives Davis is known for (Coops). Though their numbers have been in decline since the mid 1970s, restoration efforts are leading to slow but noticeable increases in the local population. Those wishing to observe one of the rare Davis Hoopies should begin their search at one of the following locations:
- The Co-Op - The Davis Food Co-Op.
- Cooperative Housing - Many, Many Co-Op Houses in Davis.
- Delta of Venus - Coffee shop, deli, and live music.
- Whole Earth Festival
Some speculate that the term is an homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which uses "Hoopy." As in, "The Davis wiki creator is one hoopy frood!