Occidental is a census-designated place (CDP) in
Sonoma County, California,
United States. The population was 1,272 at the 2000 census.
Occidental is unique for its high concentration of visionaries
and famous artists throughout its recent history, and was the hub of
community-centered social movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s, giving
rise to nearby communes such as Morningstar, Wheeler Ranch, and Star Mountain.
There was a point in the early 1990s when the town was also a center of the
"neo-hippie" movement in Sonoma County, but high property prices and other
economic pressures have since driven out the young families that fed this
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