When the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever.
While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in America.
After analyzing 70+ of the largest cities in America, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in America:
- San Francisco (Photos)
- Minneapolis (Photos)
- Seattle (Photos)
- Oakland (Photos)
- Portland (Photos)
- Atlanta (Photos)
- St. Petersburg (Photos)
- Long Beach (Photos)
- Denver (Photos)
Well yea, we could have told you San Francisco was gay. But, what’s more interesting to us, is that only ~2% of households are actually gay. That’s according to official census numbers at least.
Having been to SF before, we would hazard to guess that maybe that number is underreported. But we only tell ’em like we see ’em.
How we determined the gayest cities in America
In order to rank the gayest cities in America, we used the 2011-2015 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census. We looked at:
- Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same-sex partners
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 100,000 households.
We ranked each city from 1 to 72 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same-sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, San Francisco was the gayest city with 2.18% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in North Carolina. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.
1. San Francisco
Households: 348,832Gay Households: 7,621
% Gay Households: 2.18%
Households: 166,824Gay Households: 3,174
% Gay Households: 1.9%
Households: 290,822Gay Households: 4,826
% Gay Households: 1.66%
Households: 155,918Gay Households: 2,452
% Gay Households: 1.57%
Households: 252,185Gay Households: 3,937
% Gay Households: 1.56%
Households: 267,415 Gay Households: 3,957
% Gay Households: 1.48%
Households: 181,681Gay Households: 2,661
% Gay Households: 1.46%
8. St. Petersburg
Households: 105,071Gay Households: 1,489
% Gay Households: 1.42%
9. Long Beach
Households: 163,232Gay Households: 2,300
% Gay Households: 1.41%
Households: 271,054Gay Households: 3,385
% Gay Households: 1.25%
Well Now That’s Worth A Pride Parade
So, while we all knew San Francisco would be the gayest city in the country, we added to the list with cities like Atlanta and Portland.
And while the gayest cities are usually on the coasts, Minneapolis does make an appearance in the top ten.
And if you’re interested, here are the least gay cities:
- El Paso
- Virginia Beach
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In America