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:
- Palm Springs (Photos)
- West Hollywood (Photos)
- Rancho Mirage
- Cathedral City
- Rio Dell (Photos)
- Laguna Beach (Photos)
- San Francisco (Photos)
- Brisbane (Photos)
- Hercules (Photos)
- 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.
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.
1. Palm Springs
Population: 22,906Gay Households: 1,881
% Gay Households: 8.21%
2. West Hollywood
Population: 21,808Gay Households: 1,330
% Gay Households: 6.1%
3. Rancho Mirage
Population: 8,962 Gay Households: 491
% Gay Households: 5.48%
4. Cathedral City
Population: 16,840 Gay Households: 686
% Gay Households: 4.07%
5. Rio Dell
Population: 1,425Gay Households: 40
% Gay Households: 2.81%
6. Laguna Beach
Population: 11,355Gay Households: 272
% Gay Households: 2.4%
7. San Francisco
Population: 348,832Gay Households: 7,621
% Gay Households: 2.18%
Population: 1,743Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 1.89%
Population: 8,184Gay Households: 153
% Gay Households: 1.87%
10. El Cerrito
Population: 10,027Gay 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:
- Mammoth Lakes
For more California reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In California – RoadSnacks
- The 10 Most Christmassy Cities In California
- 10 Small Towns In California Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In California
|City||Rank||% Gay Households|
|Desert Hot Springs||23||0.01%|
|Half Moon Bay||82||0.01%|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||94||0.01%|