These Are The 10 Gayest Places In California


We looked at years of data to determine which California 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 0.61% of California residents is gay? That ranks 7 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 450 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in California:

  1. Palm Springs (Photos)
  2. West Hollywood (Photos)
  3. Rancho Mirage
  4. Cathedral City
  5. Rio Dell (Photos)
  6. Laguna Beach (Photos)
  7. San Francisco (Photos)
  8. Brisbane (Photos)
  9. Hercules (Photos)
  10. El Cerrito (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in California.

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How do you determine the gayest city in California?

In order to rank the gayest cities in California, we used the 2009-2014 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 450 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Palm Springs ended up being the the most gay place with 8.21% 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.

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1. Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,906
Gay Households: 1,881
% Gay Households: 8.21%

2. West Hollywood

West Hollywood, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,808
Gay Households: 1,330
% Gay Households: 6.1%

3. Rancho Mirage


Population: 8,962
Gay Households: 491
% Gay Households: 5.48%

4. Cathedral City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 16,840
Gay Households: 686
% Gay Households: 4.07%

5. Rio Dell

Rio Dell, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,425
Gay Households: 40
% Gay Households: 2.81%

6. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,355
Gay Households: 272
% Gay Households: 2.4%

7. San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Source: Wikipedia

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

8. Brisbane

Brisbane, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,743
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 1.89%

9. Hercules

Hercules, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Gay Households: 153
% Gay Households: 1.87%

10. El Cerrito

El Cerrito, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,027
Gay Households: 180
% Gay Households: 1.8%

There You Have It

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:

  1. Buellton
  2. Lindsay
  3. Mammoth Lakes

For more California reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In California

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Palm Springs 1 0.08% 1,881 22,906
West Hollywood 2 0.06% 1,330 21,808
Rancho Mirage 3 0.05% 491 8,962
Cathedral City 4 0.04% 686 16,840
Rio Dell 5 0.03% 40 1,425
Laguna Beach 6 0.02% 272 11,355
San Francisco 7 0.02% 7,621 348,832
Brisbane 8 0.02% 33 1,743
Hercules 9 0.02% 153 8,184
El Cerrito 10 0.02% 180 10,027
Yountville 11 0.02% 23 1,307
King City 12 0.02% 48 2,944
Healdsburg 13 0.02% 70 4,456
Oakland 14 0.02% 2,452 155,918
Santa Cruz 15 0.01% 313 21,015
American Canyon 16 0.01% 81 5,744
Long Beach 17 0.01% 2,300 163,232
Gonzales 18 0.01% 27 1,961
Needles 19 0.01% 27 1,981
Lakeport 20 0.01% 26 2,001
Alameda 21 0.01% 390 30,346
Tiburon 22 0.01% 49 3,897
Desert Hot Springs 23 0.01% 112 9,164
Berkeley 24 0.01% 547 45,569
Belmont 25 0.01% 121 10,493
Pleasant Hill 26 0.01% 158 13,774
Paradise 27 0.01% 126 10,917
Woodside 28 0.01% 22 1,918
La Quinta 29 0.01% 168 14,977
Signal Hill 30 0.01% 44 3,975
South Pasadena 31 0.01% 114 10,394
Willows 32 0.01% 26 2,374
Imperial 33 0.01% 50 4,607
San Bruno 34 0.01% 155 14,669
Atascadero 35 0.01% 115 11,065
Aliso Viejo 36 0.01% 191 18,351
Seaside 37 0.01% 106 10,185
Monterey 38 0.01% 129 12,527
Rancho Cordova 39 0.01% 246 23,908
Commerce 40 0.01% 36 3,528
Sierra Madre 41 0.01% 44 4,457
Pacifica 42 0.01% 139 14,168
Sacramento 43 0.01% 1,703 177,578
Palm Desert 44 0.01% 222 23,636
Portola Valley 45 0.01% 17 1,844
Burlingame 46 0.01% 111 12,186
Pinole 47 0.01% 61 6,679
San Rafael 48 0.01% 208 22,907
San Diego 49 0.01% 4,291 479,079
Claremont 50 0.01% 106 11,836
Ceres 51 0.01% 118 13,110
Mill Valley 52 0.01% 53 5,975
Lakewood 53 0.01% 234 26,339
Hermosa Beach 54 0.01% 83 9,294
Sebastopol 55 0.01% 32 3,676
Roseville 56 0.01% 393 45,657
Sausalito 57 0.01% 34 3,958
Emeryville 58 0.01% 51 5,997
Vallejo 59 0.01% 342 40,848
Hemet 60 0.01% 256 30,585
Rohnert Park 61 0.01% 133 15,832
Piedmont 62 0.01% 31 3,748
La Verne 63 0.01% 89 10,993
Hayward 64 0.01% 368 45,972
Napa 65 0.01% 225 28,476
Cotati 66 0.01% 23 2,912
Pismo Beach 67 0.01% 29 3,652
Laguna Niguel 68 0.01% 193 24,538
Corning 69 0.01% 18 2,345
Yucca Valley 70 0.01% 60 7,941
San Carlos 71 0.01% 87 11,570
Colton 72 0.01% 112 14,885
Nevada City 73 0.01% 10 1,358
Walnut Creek 74 0.01% 224 30,328
Fortuna 75 0.01% 31 4,178
Adelanto 76 0.01% 55 7,392
Arcata 77 0.01% 51 6,891
West Sacramento 78 0.01% 128 17,571
Victorville 79 0.01% 231 31,440
Glendora 80 0.01% 121 16,608
Los Angeles 81 0.01% 9,608 1,329,372
Half Moon Bay 82 0.01% 32 4,464
Pasadena 83 0.01% 383 54,092
Corte Madera 84 0.01% 27 3,797
Capitola 85 0.01% 31 4,424
Montebello 86 0.01% 136 19,674
Citrus Heights 87 0.01% 225 32,889
Redondo Beach 88 0.01% 187 27,929
La Mesa 89 0.01% 156 23,566
Albany 90 0.01% 48 7,292
San Leandro 91 0.01% 206 31,226
Eureka 92 0.01% 70 10,758
Port Hueneme 93 0.01% 45 6,924
Rancho Palos Verdes 94 0.01% 103 15,852
Crescent City 95 0.01% 11 1,726
Santa Rosa 96 0.01% 403 63,213
Westminster 97 0.01% 170 27,195
Lincoln 98 0.01% 107 16,938
Petaluma 99 0.01% 134 21,538
Jackson 100 0.01% 11 1,818

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