These Are The 10 Gayest Places In California For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in California.

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When the Supreme Court 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 0.44% of California residents is gay? That ranks as the number 10 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 56,293 gay households in The Golden State.

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

After analyzing 449 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in California for 2019:

  1. Palm Springs (Photos)
  2. West Hollywood (Photos)
  3. Rancho Mirage
  4. Cathedral City
  5. Signal Hill (Photos)
  6. Needles (Photos)
  7. Laguna Beach (Photos)
  8. San Francisco (Photos)
  9. Desert Hot Springs (Photos)
  10. Avenal (Photos)

According to the facts, Palm Springs is the gayest place in California for 2019.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the gayest cities in America.

For more California reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in California for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in California, 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 1,000 households.

We ranked each place from 1 to 449 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, ended up being the the most gay place with 5.41% gay households.

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

Palm Springs, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 23,551
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 1,274 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 5.41% (1st highest)
More on Palm Springs:  Data | Photos

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 55mi east of San Bernardino, 107mi east of Los Angeles, 123mi northeast of San Diego, and 268mi west of Phoenix, Arizona. The population was 44,552 as of the 2010 census. Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles, making it the largest city in the county by land area.

West Hollywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 22,602
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Gay Households: 1,074 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 4.75% (2nd highest)
More on West Hollywood:  Data | Photos

West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Incorporated in 1984, it is home to the Sunset Strip. As of the 2010 census, its population was 34,399. It is considered one of the most prominent gay villages in the United States.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 9,402
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 321 (20th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.41% (3rd highest)
More on Rancho Mirage:  Data

Rancho Mirage is a resort city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 17,218 at the 2010 census, up from 13,249 at the 2000 census, but the seasonal population can exceed 20,000. Located between Cathedral City and Palm Desert, it is one of the nine cities of the Coachella Valley. Rancho Mirage was incorporated in 1973 from a merger of Mirage Cove with five unincorporated areas known as the “Cove communities”, and had 3,000 permanent residents at the time. Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, died at his home in the city in 2006, and Jane Wyman died one year later at her home in the same city.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 17,888
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 469 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.62% (4th highest)
More on Cathedral City:  Data

Cathedral City is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. Colloquially known as Cat City, the population was 51,200 at the 2010 census. Located between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, it is one of the nine cities of the Coachella Valley in Southern California. Cathedral City has the second largest population in the Coachella Valley, after Indio.

Signal Hill, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 4,368
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 85 (100th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.95% (5th highest)
More on Signal Hill:  Data | Photos

Signal Hill is a city in California located in the Greater Los Angeles area. Situated on a hill, the city is an enclave completely surrounded by the city of Long Beach. Signal Hill was incorporated on April 22, 1924, roughly three years after oil was discovered there. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,465.

Needles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Households: 2,107
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Gay Households: 39 (187th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.85% (6th highest)
More on Needles:  Data | Photos

Laguna Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 10,485
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 177 (44th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.69% (7th highest)
More on Laguna Beach:  Data | Photos

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and an artist community. The population in the 2010 census was 22,723.

San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 358,772
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 5,721 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.59% (8th highest)
More on San Francisco:  Data | Photos

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Households: 9,360
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 139 (58th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.49% (9th highest)
More on Desert Hot Springs:  Data | Photos

Desert Hot Springs, also known as DHS, is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The city is located within the Coachella Valley geographic region, sometimes referred to as the Desert Empire. The population was 25,938 at the 2010 census, up from 16,582 at the 2000 census. The city has undergone rapid development and high population growth since the 1970s, when there were 2,700 residents.

Avenal, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Households: 2,197
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Gay Households: 28 (224th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.27% (10th highest)
More on Avenal:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In California For 2019

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

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

  • Sanger
  • Crescent City
  • Guadalupe

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In California

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Palm Springs 23,551 5.41%
2 West Hollywood 22,602 4.75%
3 Rancho Mirage 9,402 3.41%
4 Cathedral City 17,888 2.62%
5 Signal Hill 4,368 1.95%
6 Needles 2,107 1.85%
7 Laguna Beach 10,485 1.69%
8 San Francisco 358,772 1.59%
9 Desert Hot Springs 9,360 1.49%
10 Avenal 2,197 1.27%
11 Oroville 6,170 1.22%
12 Oakland 159,448 1.13%
13 Yucca Valley 8,721 1.1%
14 Woodside 1,911 1.05%
15 Palm Desert 23,973 1.04%
16 Long Beach 165,001 1.03%
17 Pacific Grove 6,853 1.01%
18 Nevada City 1,351 0.96%
19 El Cerrito 9,882 0.96%
20 Grover Beach 5,321 0.94%
21 Berkeley 45,515 0.92%
22 Rio Dell 1,410 0.92%
23 San Pablo 9,257 0.92%
24 Santa Cruz 22,231 0.92%
25 Sausalito 4,090 0.9%
26 Carmel-By-The-Sea 1,727 0.87%
27 Rohnert Park 15,976 0.86%
28 Emeryville 6,540 0.86%
29 Rancho Cordova 24,546 0.77%
30 Yreka 3,401 0.76%
31 Goleta 10,896 0.74%
32 Clayton 4,189 0.74%
33 Manhattan Beach 13,529 0.73%
34 La Mirada 14,371 0.73%
35 Hayward 47,044 0.72%
36 Fowler 1,828 0.71%
37 Burlingame 11,987 0.7%
38 Montebello 19,844 0.7%
39 Hermosa Beach 9,158 0.7%
40 Culver City 16,543 0.68%
41 Albany 7,370 0.66%
42 San Mateo 38,546 0.65%
43 Corning 2,629 0.65%
44 Sebastopol 3,408 0.65%
45 Anderson 3,906 0.64%
46 Healdsburg 4,729 0.63%
47 Sierra Madre 4,441 0.63%
48 Cloverdale 3,175 0.63%
49 Menifee 28,487 0.63%
50 San Diego 497,189 0.63%
51 Murrieta 32,417 0.62%
52 American Canyon 5,499 0.62%
53 Rio Vista 4,206 0.62%
54 Half Moon Bay 4,858 0.62%
55 Red Bluff 5,511 0.6%
56 San Rafael 22,968 0.6%
57 Burbank 41,664 0.59%
58 El Segundo 6,638 0.59%
59 Commerce 3,589 0.59%
60 La Mesa 23,535 0.58%
61 Sacramento 181,690 0.58%
62 Richmond 36,716 0.57%
63 Los Angeles 1,364,227 0.57%
64 Santa Rosa 64,709 0.56%
65 South Pasadena 10,248 0.56%
66 Fresno 165,107 0.55%
67 Indio 29,186 0.55%
68 Alameda 30,587 0.54%
69 Pasadena 54,734 0.54%
70 San Dimas 11,749 0.53%
71 Dixon 5,898 0.53%
72 Yountville 1,346 0.52%
73 Orinda 6,943 0.52%
74 Pomona 38,869 0.52%
75 Lafayette 9,530 0.51%
76 Truckee 6,235 0.51%
77 Santa Monica 46,358 0.51%
78 Vallejo 41,642 0.51%
79 Pittsburg 21,069 0.51%
80 Fontana 51,946 0.51%
81 Shasta Lake 3,816 0.5%
82 Suisun City 9,247 0.5%
83 Tiburon 3,824 0.5%
84 Glendale 72,738 0.5%
85 Arcata 7,078 0.49%
86 Whittier 27,803 0.49%
87 La Verne 11,236 0.48%
88 Redondo Beach 27,820 0.47%
89 Concord 45,905 0.47%
90 San Jacinto 12,669 0.47%
91 Rancho Cucamonga 55,870 0.46%
92 Santa Barbara 36,114 0.45%
93 Beverly Hills 14,902 0.45%
94 Riverside 90,974 0.45%
95 West Sacramento 18,000 0.44%
96 East Palo Alto 7,534 0.44%
97 South San Francisco 20,712 0.43%
98 Huntington Beach 76,709 0.43%
99 Selma 6,725 0.43%
100 Sonora 2,089 0.43%