These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Arizona


We looked at years of data to determine which Arizona cities have the most pride

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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.

Did you know that an estimated 0.54% of Arizona residents is gay? That ranks 4 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Grand Canyon State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Arizona.

After analyzing 73 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Arizona:

  1. Carefree (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Coolidge (Photos | Jobs)
  3. St. Johns (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Thatcher (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Page (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Guadalupe (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Sahuarita (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Snowflake (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Tempe (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Marana (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Arizona reading, check out:

1. Carefree

Carefree, Arizona

Households: 1,877
Gay Households: 63
% Gay Households: 3.36%
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2. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Households: 3,638
Gay Households: 75
% Gay Households: 2.06%
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Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population is 11,825.

3. St. Johns

St. Johns, Arizona

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Households: 1,090
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 2.02%
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4. Thatcher

Thatcher, Arizona

Households: 1,653
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.39%
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hatcher is a town in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 4,865. It is part of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Thatcher is the home of Eastern Arizona College, a college that offers two year degrees and includes a nursing school

5. Page

Page, Arizona

Households: 2,357
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.1%
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Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.

6. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Households: 1,668
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 1.08%
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7. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Households: 9,822
Gay Households: 97
% Gay Households: 0.99%
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Sahuarita is a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Sahuarita is located south of the Tohono O’odham Nation and abuts the north end of Green Valley, 15 miles south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

8. Snowflake

Snowflake, Arizona

Households: 1,739
Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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9. Tempe

Tempe, Arizona

Households: 67,036
Gay Households: 629
% Gay Households: 0.94%
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Tempe, also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

10. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Households: 14,518
Gay Households: 129
% Gay Households: 0.89%
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Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 34,961. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Arizona?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Arizona, we used the 2011-2016 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 1,000 households.

We ranked each place from 1 to 73 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Carefree ended up being the the most gay place with 3.36% gay households.

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

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Arizona

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Arizona, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Arizona:

  1. Eagar
  2. Taylor
  3. Quartzsite

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Arizona

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Carefree 3.36% 63 1,877
2 Coolidge 2.06% 75 3,638
3 St. Johns 2.02% 22 1,090
4 Thatcher 1.39% 23 1,653
5 Page 1.1% 26 2,357
6 Guadalupe 1.08% 18 1,668
7 Sahuarita 0.99% 97 9,822
8 Snowflake 0.98% 17 1,739
9 Tempe 0.94% 629 67,036
10 Marana 0.89% 129 14,518
11 Phoenix 0.86% 4,610 538,868
12 Tolleson 0.75% 16 2,130
13 Maricopa 0.74% 103 14,001
14 Oro Valley 0.73% 132 17,997
15 Tucson 0.72% 1,490 207,661
16 Holbrook 0.66% 10 1,515
17 Apache Junction 0.65% 108 16,625
18 South Tucson 0.61% 12 1,964
19 Flagstaff 0.61% 143 23,467
20 El Mirage 0.6% 59 9,907
21 Prescott 0.53% 101 18,911
22 Kingman 0.51% 57 11,093
23 Douglas 0.51% 17 3,321
24 Gilbert 0.49% 354 71,903
25 Glendale 0.48% 393 81,404
26 Peoria 0.47% 262 55,957
27 Mesa 0.45% 783 172,705
28 Casa Grande 0.45% 79 17,543
29 Avondale 0.43% 106 24,467
30 Benson 0.41% 10 2,445
31 Litchfield Park 0.4% 9 2,247
32 Chandler 0.4% 342 85,858
33 Prescott Valley 0.4% 66 16,705
34 Youn 0.39% 9 2,289
35 Scottsdale 0.38% 395 105,124
36 Willcox 0.37% 5 1,354
37 Goodyear 0.36% 84 23,413
38 Florence 0.35% 19 5,472
39 Williams 0.31% 4 1,277
40 Chino Valley 0.28% 13 4,587
41 Nogales 0.28% 18 6,368
42 Paradise Valley 0.28% 15 5,367
43 Cottonwood 0.26% 13 5,048
44 Yuma 0.24% 79 33,142
45 Eloy 0.23% 7 3,011
46 Lake Havasu City 0.23% 52 22,943
47 Sierra Vista 0.21% 36 16,954
48 Fountain Hills 0.21% 24 11,410
49 Surprise 0.21% 96 46,200
50 Show Low 0.17% 7 4,086
51 Bullhead City 0.16% 28 17,186
52 Sedona 0.14% 7 5,125
53 Queen Creek 0.05% 5 9,146
54 Camp Verde 0.02% 1 4,237
55 Wellton 0.0% 0 1,265
56 Globe 0.0% 0 2,926
57 Dewey-Humboldt 0.0% 0 1,715
58 Winslow 0.0% 0 2,596
59 Bisbee 0.0% 0 2,649
60 Wickenburg 0.0% 0 3,229
61 Payson 0.0% 0 6,729
62 Star Valley 0.0% 0 1,120
63 Superior 0.0% 0 1,052
64 Pinetop-Lakeside 0.0% 0 1,740
65 Somerton 0.0% 0 4,411
66 Clifton 0.0% 0 1,219
67 Clarkdale 0.0% 0 2,022
68 San Luis 0.0% 0 8,233
69 Cave Creek 0.0% 0 2,312
70 Safford 0.0% 0 3,275
71 Quartzsite 0.0% 0 2,119
72 Taylor 0.0% 0 1,506
73 Eagar 0.0% 0 1,564

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