These Are The 10 Gayest Cities In America For 2019


We used the most recent census data to determine the cities with the largest number of gay households in America.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the gayest cities in America.

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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 73 of the largest cities in America, we’ve determined these cities have the largest gay population as a percentage.

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.

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How we determined the gayest cities in America for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in America, we used the 2013-2017 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 73 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 ~1.6% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest cities in America. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

The 10 Gayest Cities In America For 2019

San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Households: 358,772
Gay Households: 5,721
% Gay Households: 1.59%
More on San Francisco: PhotosData

Review Of San Francisco by HomeSnacks User

I have always loved visiting San Francisco. I love going to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf. The food is amazing and there is so much to see and do. From the Golden Gate Bridge to visiting the ocean at Seal Rock. It is also really easy to get around with public transportation. I have never run into any crime issues when i was there.

My favorite places are the Museum of Modern Art and Golden Gate Park. There are tons of music and art shows to choose from. I would highly recommend public transportation, like the BART system to get around. The city traffic can be horrendous if driving in a car.

St. Petersburg, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10
Households: 107,277
Gay Households: 1,322
% Gay Households: 1.23%
More on St. Petersburg: PhotosData

3. Washington, DC

Washington, DC

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Households: 277,985
Gay Households: 3,346
% Gay Households: 1.2%
More on Washington: Photos

Review Of Washington by HomeSnacks User

Washington DC is a very fun place to live. I was there for five years and loved every minute of it. Lots of up and coming places for the young professional. It is a place to try and navigate while networking with others, finding your favorite fun activities, or learning more about everything.

Whatever your tastes, be it theater, museums, recreational sports, bar hopping, clubbing, literary book guilds, or religious activities, you can find a crowd here to your liking. Some of the people have a very inflated ego of themselves, and that is usually from the big fish in a small pond folks that move here. However, the majority of people are good and hard working individuals. There is a moderate amount of crime in Washington DC but that has changed a lot. It is also getting exorbitantly expensive to live here.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Households: 260,949
Gay Households: 2,963
% Gay Households: 1.14%
More on Portland: PhotosData

Review Of Portland by HomeSnacks User

Real slow on homeless problem,drugs,murder,on biking trail,assults,r**e,little patrol awful.

Omsi is awesome,bad neighborhood but awesome exibits,down town is new buildings but crime is awful,beggars NO WALKING PATROL POLICE gov.is slow to act on riots and never calls National Guard!!! Looting,burning during supposed rally or protests.awful mayor n horrible governor.

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10
Households: 159,448
Gay Households: 1,803
% Gay Households: 1.13%
More on Oakland: PhotosData

Review Of Oakland by ETG

i lived in richmond all my life and Oakland is way worse then Richmond theres hardly any police there and they wait for the shootings to be over then they show up lol

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Households: 172,082
Gay Households: 1,917
% Gay Households: 1.11%
More on Minneapolis: PhotosData

Review Of Minneapolis by MR. electric199

I live in northeast minneapolis and its a safe place to live.

Atlanta, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10
Households: 192,929
Gay Households: 2,125
% Gay Households: 1.1%
More on Atlanta: PhotosData

Review Of Atlanta by Cody Brandon Cargle

Lol funny Atlanta is one of the best cities for women that’s a joke, I lived in Paulding County a suburb county of Metro Atlanta and the people there rather play games like which guy has the most tats, how strong he is, what kind of car he’s got, and how much money he has

So yeah the single part is right for a reason but some of the men are the same way about how a woman looks-

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Households: 287,262
Gay Households: 3,068
% Gay Households: 1.07%
More on Denver: PhotosData

Review Of Denver by HomeSnacks User

Denver is a great city to live in or visit. There are a wide array of things to do within 30 minutes, you can get downtown to see a play, concert or sporting event or drive to the mountains to ski, hike or mountain bike. There are diverse neighborhoods to fit anyone and you’re able to select which school your child attends.

Crimes such as thefts are going up due to the influx of new people. Make sure you keep your car locked up!

Long Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10
Households: 165,001
Gay Households: 1,696
% Gay Households: 1.03%
More on Long Beach: PhotosData

Review Of Long Beach by HomeSnacks User

Long Beach is a city all it’s own. It comes alive with people of all shapes and sizes. The personalities cannot be harnessed. The city never sleeps! The crime rate was not the greatest I must admit. But I was never bored!

MVP on Redondo is the best burger hole in the wall I have ever had! Try the Shaq Burger! The rent is outrageous though!

Seattle, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Households: 314,850
Gay Households: 3,194
% Gay Households: 1.01%
More on Seattle: PhotosData

Review Of Seattle by HomeSnacks User

I love Seattle. There is so much to do and see. It’s right on Puget Sound so there is water everywhere you look. And Mt. Rainier is close by and when the mountain is “out”, as the locals say, the view can’t be beat. The waterfront area has so many fun things to do. The wheel is wonderful, and there are great places to shop. One of my favorite shops on the waterfront is Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. There are so many unique, wonderful and interesting things there. And the best place for lunch is Ivar’s Fish Bar, where you can get fish and chips, eat on the pier, and feed your left over french fries to the seagulls!

The variety of the geography – you’ve got the water on one side and the mountains on the other. And there are a lot of activities to check out.

There You Have It – The Gayest Cities In America

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:

  1. Virginia Beach
  2. Anaheim
  3. Bakersfield

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Americaa For 2019

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 San Francisco, CA 358,772 1.59%
2 St. Petersburg, FL 107,277 1.23%
3 Washington, DC 277,985 1.2%
4 Portland, OR 260,949 1.14%
5 Oakland, CA 159,448 1.13%
6 Minneapolis, MN 172,082 1.11%
7 Atlanta, GA 192,929 1.1%
8 Denver, CO 287,262 1.07%
9 Long Beach, CA 165,001 1.03%
10 Seattle, WA 314,850 1.01%
11 Orlando, FL 109,468 0.94%
12 St. Louis, MO 139,741 0.89%
13 Austin, TX 361,257 0.84%
14 Columbus, OH 345,282 0.83%
15 Tampa, FL 147,250 0.81%
16 Madison, WI 107,890 0.79%
17 Phoenix, AZ 544,022 0.75%
18 Dallas, TX 497,622 0.75%
19 New Orleans, LA 154,895 0.74%
20 Indianapolis, IN 333,316 0.7%
21 Albuquerque, NM 221,119 0.69%
22 Boston, MA 263,229 0.67%
23 St. Paul, MN 112,502 0.66%
24 Jersey City, NJ 100,049 0.65%
25 Durham, NC 104,966 0.65%
26 Pittsburgh, PA 134,820 0.64%
27 Cincinnati, OH 136,180 0.64%
28 Chicago, IL 1,046,789 0.63%
29 San Diego, CA 497,189 0.63%
30 Tucson, AZ 209,906 0.61%
31 Urban Honolulu, HI 128,935 0.6%
32 Kansas City, MO 198,935 0.6%
33 Arlington, VA 102,310 0.59%
34 Sacramento, CA 181,690 0.58%
35 Los Angeles, CA 1,364,227 0.57%
36 Cleveland, OH 168,496 0.56%
37 Fresno, CA 165,107 0.55%
38 Corpus Christi, TX 116,682 0.53%
39 Raleigh, NC 176,870 0.52%
40 New York, NY 3,142,405 0.52%
41 Greensboro, NC 114,552 0.52%
42 Charlotte, NC 316,481 0.51%
43 Houston, TX 838,950 0.51%
44 Memphis, TN 250,259 0.5%
45 Milwaukee, WI 230,463 0.49%
46 San Antonio, TX 494,260 0.49%
47 Philadelphia, PA 591,280 0.48%
48 Toledo, OH 118,215 0.47%
49 Baltimore, MD 239,791 0.47%
50 Henderson, NV 110,569 0.47%
51 Colorado Springs, CO 176,026 0.46%
52 Tulsa, OK 164,381 0.45%
53 Oklahoma City, OK 237,895 0.45%
54 Las Vegas, NV 221,584 0.44%
55 Fort Worth, TX 284,687 0.43%
56 Omaha, NE 182,257 0.4%
57 Aurora, CO 127,134 0.4%
58 Mesa, AZ 174,668 0.4%
59 Jacksonville, FL 327,595 0.39%
60 San Jose, CA 319,558 0.39%
61 Plano, TX 105,806 0.38%
62 Arlington, TX 135,004 0.36%
63 Buffalo, NY 110,636 0.36%
64 Lincoln, NE 110,521 0.35%
65 Fort Wayne, IN 104,842 0.35%
66 Miami, FL 164,734 0.35%
67 El Paso, TX 223,164 0.3%
68 Scottsdale, AZ 107,697 0.28%
69 Wichita, KS 151,665 0.27%
70 Detroit, MI 258,471 0.26%
71 Bakersfield, CA 115,355 0.25%
72 Anaheim, CA 100,280 0.23%
73 Virginia Beach, VA 167,731 0.19%

3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Gayest Cities In America For 2019

  1. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand your criterion for ranking the “gayest” cities in the country. You begin your article by stating “Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is [sic] more mainstream than ever.” Yet you go on to explain that your results are based entirely upon just one measurement: “Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same-sex partners.” But why not include *married* same-sex partners, since your own opening paragraph introduced the idea? But even more glaring is the omission of households that are simply *single* people who identify as gay, which I can only imagine encompasses the vast majority of gay people. In the straight community, the number of singles surpasses the number of people in a committed marriage, particularly in urban areas, so it seems only logical to assume that this would be even more common in the gay community, where the option to marry is still very new. So why not include in your measurements the group that more than likely includes the vast majority of gay people? Failing to do so may help explain your surprise at the erroneous conclusion that “only ~2% of [San Francisco] households are actually gay,” just as it certainly has incorrectly shaped the results entire.

  2. I agree with your comments 100%! Single gays vastly outnumber married gays. Also, one of the gayest cities (per number of gay residents) in America is Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors and it isn’t even listed in the top 50!

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