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 0.28% of Arkansas residents is gay? That ranks 40 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Natural State.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Arkansas.
After analyzing 109 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Arkansas:
- Morrilton (Photos | Jobs)
- Blytheville (Photos | Jobs)
- Beebe (Photos | Jobs)
- Haskell (Jobs)
- Stuttgart (Photos | Jobs)
- Sherwood (Photos | Jobs)
- Maumelle (Photos | Jobs)
- Farmington (Photos | Jobs)
- Paragould (Photos | Jobs)
- Jacksonville (Photos | Jobs)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Arkansas reading, check out:
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Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than 50 miles northwest of Little Rock. The city is the county seat of Conway County. The population was 6,767 at the 2010 census.
Blytheville is the largest city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Blytheville is approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. The population was 18,272 at the 2000 census.
Beebe, Arkansas is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,315 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous in the county. The city is home to a branch campus of Jonesboro-based Arkansas State University.
Stuttgart is a city in and the county seat of the northern district of Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 79 about 45 miles southeast of Little Rock. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,326.
Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 29,523. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.
Maumelle is an affluent city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 17,163. The city is located northwest of Little Rock, bordering the opposite shore of the Arkansas River and is part of the Little Rock metropolitan area.
Farmington is a city in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is nestled in a valley among the Boston Mountains, a subset of the Ozark Mountains. Although the first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, the community did not incorporate until 1946. Located immediately west of Fayetteville in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Farmington has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 66% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It has been characterized as a bedroom community by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.
Paragould is the county seat of Greene County, and the 19th-largest city in Arkansas, in the United States. The city is located in northeastern Arkansas on the eastern edge of Crowley’s Ridge, a geologic anomaly contained within the Arkansas delta.
How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Arkansas?
In order to rank the gayest cities in Arkansas, 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 109 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, Morrilton ended up being the the most gay place with 2.49% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Arkansas. 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 Arkansas
If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Arkansas, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Arkansas:
- White Hall
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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Arkansas
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