These Are The 10 Gayest Cities In America For 2017


We used the most recent census data to determine the cities with the largest number of gay households 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 70+ of the largest cities in America, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in America:

  1. San Francisco (Photos)
  2. Minneapolis (Photos)
  3. Seattle (Photos)
  4. Oakland (Photos)
  5. Portland (Photos)
  6. Washington
  7. Atlanta (Photos)
  8. St. Petersburg (Photos)
  9. Long Beach (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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.

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1. San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 348,832
Gay Households: 7,621
% Gay Households: 2.18%

2. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 166,824
Gay Households: 3,174
% Gay Households: 1.9%

3. Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 290,822
Gay Households: 4,826
% Gay Households: 1.66%

4. Oakland

Oakland, California

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 155,918
Gay Households: 2,452
% Gay Households: 1.57%

5. Portland

Portland, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 252,185
Gay Households: 3,937
% Gay Households: 1.56%

6. Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 267,415
Gay Households: 3,957
% Gay Households: 1.48%

7. Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 181,681
Gay Households: 2,661
% Gay Households: 1.46%

8. St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 105,071
Gay Households: 1,489
% Gay Households: 1.42%

9. Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 163,232
Gay Households: 2,300
% Gay Households: 1.41%

10. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 271,054
Gay 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:

  1. Detroit
  2. El Paso
  3. Virginia Beach

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In America

Rank City Households Gay Households % Gay Households
1 San Francisco 348,832 7,621 2.18%
2 Minneapolis 166,824 3,174 1.9%
3 Seattle 290,822 4,826 1.66%
4 Oakland 155,918 2,452 1.57%
5 Portland 252,185 3,937 1.56%
6 Washington 267,415 3,957 1.48%
7 Atlanta 181,681 2,661 1.46%
8 St. Petersburg 105,071 1,489 1.42%
9 Long Beach 163,232 2,300 1.41%
10 Denver 271,054 3,385 1.25%
11 Boston 251,212 2,765 1.1%
12 St. Louis 139,594 1,423 1.02%
13 Madison 103,169 1,048 1.02%
14 Dallas 467,501 4,714 1.01%
15 Austin 344,289 3,442 1.0%
16 Orlando 102,570 1,007 0.98%
17 Sacramento 177,578 1,703 0.96%
18 St. Paul 112,407 1,058 0.94%
19 Tampa 139,337 1,261 0.91%
20 San Diego 479,079 4,291 0.9%
21 Columbus 329,994 2,917 0.88%
22 Albuquerque 222,868 1,880 0.84%
23 Phoenix 520,856 4,334 0.83%
24 New Orleans 150,409 1,192 0.79%
25 Kansas City 192,799 1,524 0.79%
26 Pittsburgh 132,379 1,016 0.77%
27 Chicago 1,028,829 7,568 0.74%
28 Indianapolis 328,423 2,443 0.74%
29 Nashville 250,256 1,827 0.73%
30 Tucson 204,341 1,490 0.73%
31 Los Angeles 1,329,372 9,608 0.72%
32 Lexington 124,101 882 0.71%
33 Baltimore 242,212 1,685 0.7%
34 New York 3,095,931 21,448 0.69%
35 Raleigh 166,316 1,094 0.66%
36 Cleveland 166,650 1,074 0.64%
37 Arlington 133,601 789 0.59%
38 Cincinnati 131,160 780 0.59%
39 Louisville 244,662 1,433 0.59%
40 Philadelphia 580,297 3,320 0.57%
41 Charlotte 298,815 1,710 0.57%
42 Fresno 160,172 892 0.56%
43 Oklahoma City 230,517 1,284 0.56%
44 Anchorage 105,164 593 0.56%
45 Houston 792,763 4,379 0.55%
46 Mesa 167,609 898 0.54%
47 Tulsa 163,519 877 0.54%
48 Buffalo 111,444 597 0.54%
49 Miami 152,525 822 0.54%
50 Greensboro 113,232 616 0.54%
51 Milwaukee 230,181 1,237 0.54%
52 Henderson 102,051 542 0.53%
53 Omaha 172,034 882 0.51%
54 San Jose 310,584 1,563 0.5%
55 Lincoln 106,512 532 0.5%
56 Las Vegas 213,037 1,061 0.5%
57 San Antonio 484,219 2,391 0.49%
58 Jacksonville 315,619 1,527 0.48%
59 Plano 102,182 479 0.47%
60 Memphis 248,320 1,177 0.47%
61 Scottsdale 100,891 475 0.47%
62 Aurora 123,344 567 0.46%
63 Colorado Springs 170,273 739 0.43%
64 Toledo 117,785 489 0.42%
65 Fort Wayne 101,549 418 0.41%
66 Bakersfield 111,988 460 0.41%
67 Fort Worth 268,884 1,060 0.39%
68 Wichita 150,282 573 0.38%
69 Corpus Christi 113,376 411 0.36%
70 Virginia Beach 165,296 558 0.34%
71 El Paso 218,490 697 0.32%
72 Detroit 254,197 598 0.24%

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