Gayest Places In Colorado For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the gayest places in Colorado.

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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 0.37% of Colorado residents is gay? That ranks as the number 11 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 8,585 gay households in The Centennial State.

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

After analyzing 98 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Colorado for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Colorado For 2020

  1. Eagle (Photos)
  2. Leadville (Photos)
  3. Sheridan (Photos)
  4. Basalt (Photos)
  5. Fort Lupton (Photos)
  6. Denver (Photos)
  7. Glendale (Photos)
  8. Glenwood Springs (Photos)
  9. Milliken (Photos)
  10. Rifle (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Colorado? According to the facts, Eagle is the gayest place in Colorado for 2020.

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 Colorado reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Colorado For 2020

Eagle, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Households: 1,857
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 52 (24th highest)
% Gay Households: 5.6% (1st highest)
More on Eagle:  Data | Photos

Eagle is a statutory town that is the county seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,508 at the 2010 census, up from 3,032 at the 2000 census.

Leadville, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,155
Rank Last Year: 94 (Up 92)
Gay Households: 30 (29th highest)
% Gay Households: 5.19% (2nd highest)
More on Leadville:  Data | Photos

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,733
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 108 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.51% (3rd highest)
More on Sheridan:  Data | Photos

Basalt, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 1,810
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 13 (42nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.44% (4th highest)
More on Basalt:  Data | Photos

Fort Lupton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 2,593
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 18 (38th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.39% (5th highest)
More on Fort Lupton:  Data | Photos

The City of Fort Lupton is a Statutory City located in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,787 as of the 2000 census.

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 294,358
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 2,667 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.23% (6th highest)
More on Denver:  Data | Photos

Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

Glendale, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 3,014
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Gay Households: 17 (39th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.13% (7th highest)
More on Glendale:  Data | Photos

Glenwood Springs, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 4,004
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 28 (30th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.95% (8th highest)
More on Glenwood Springs:  Data | Photos

The City of Glenwood Springs is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Glenwood Springs is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, threading together the Roaring Fork Valley and a series of smaller towns up and down the Colorado River. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,614.

Milliken, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 2,430
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 36)
Gay Households: 10 (46th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.82% (9th highest)
More on Milliken:  Data | Photos

The Town of Milliken is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 5610 at the 2010 United States Census.

Rifle, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,372
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 12 (44th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.71% (10th highest)
More on Rifle:  Data | Photos

The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,172 at the 2010 census, up from 6,784 at the 2000 census. Rifle is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry located along Interstate 70 and the Colorado River just east of the Roan Plateau, which dominates the western skyline of the town. The town was founded in 1882 by Abram Maxfield, and was incorporated in 1905 along Rifle Creek, near its mouth on the Colorado. The community takes its name from the creek.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Colorado for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in Colorado, we used the 2014-2018 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 98 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 5.6% gay households. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Colorado. 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 Colorado For 2020

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

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

  • Yuma
  • Estes Park
  • Federal Heights

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Colorado

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Eagle 1,857 5.6%
2 Leadville 1,155 5.19%
3 Sheridan 2,733 3.51%
4 Basalt 1,810 1.44%
5 Fort Lupton 2,593 1.39%
6 Denver 294,358 1.23%
7 Glendale 3,014 1.13%
8 Glenwood Springs 4,004 0.95%
9 Milliken 2,430 0.82%
10 Rifle 3,372 0.71%
11 Englewood 15,258 0.69%
12 Walsenburg 1,492 0.54%
13 Lafayette 11,418 0.49%
14 Aurora 128,182 0.48%
15 Severance 1,423 0.42%
16 Louisville 8,202 0.41%
17 Boulder 42,643 0.37%
18 Wheat Ridge 14,203 0.35%
19 Parker 17,893 0.31%
20 Brighton 12,244 0.31%
21 Grand Junction 25,668 0.3%
22 Castle Rock 20,511 0.3%
23 Frederick 3,974 0.3%
24 Lakewood 65,737 0.28%
25 Centennial 39,701 0.28%
26 Westminster 43,828 0.25%
27 Broomfield 26,721 0.24%
28 Colorado Springs 178,623 0.2%
29 Aspen 3,079 0.19%
30 Fort Collins 62,796 0.19%
31 Northglenn 13,494 0.19%
32 Thornton 44,745 0.18%
33 Loveland 31,285 0.18%
34 Pueblo 43,870 0.11%
35 Greeley 35,972 0.1%
36 Arvada 47,032 0.07%
37 Montrose 8,201 0.0%
38 Monte Vista 1,644 0.0%
39 Meeker 1,020 0.0%
40 Monument 2,358 0.0%
41 Manitou Springs 2,467 0.0%
42 Mead 1,447 0.0%
43 Alamosa 3,859 0.0%
44 Orchard City 1,269 0.0%
45 Windsor 8,952 0.0%
46 Wellington 2,820 0.0%
47 Vail 2,237 0.0%
48 Trinidad 3,878 0.0%
49 Superior 4,523 0.0%
50 Sterling 5,205 0.0%
51 New Castle 1,552 0.0%
52 Steamboat Springs 4,815 0.0%
53 Silverthorne 1,482 0.0%
54 Silt 1,116 0.0%
55 Salida 2,553 0.0%
56 Rocky Ford 1,543 0.0%
57 Palmer Lake 1,101 0.0%
58 Palisade 1,103 0.0%
59 Snowmass Village 1,255 0.0%
60 Longmont 35,622 0.0%
61 Greenwood Village 6,273 0.0%
62 Lochbuie 1,874 0.0%
63 Eaton 1,794 0.0%
64 Durango 7,167 0.0%
65 Delta 3,379 0.0%
66 Dacono 1,849 0.0%
67 Craig 3,682 0.0%
68 Cortez 3,636 0.0%
69 Commerce City 15,774 0.0%
70 Cherry Hills Village 2,159 0.0%
71 Carbondale 2,285 0.0%
72 Burlington 1,339 0.0%
73 Buena Vista 1,130 0.0%
74 Brush 2,181 0.0%
75 Breckenridge 1,525 0.0%
76 Berthoud 2,576 0.0%
77 Avon 2,107 0.0%
78 Edgewater 2,471 0.0%
79 Lone Tree 5,809 0.0%
80 Erie 7,772 0.0%
81 Evans 6,710 0.0%
82 Littleton 20,043 0.0%
83 Lamar 3,189 0.0%
84 La Junta 3,003 0.0%
85 John 4,982 0.0%
86 Gypsum 2,077 0.0%
87 Gunnison 2,425 0.0%
88 Woodland Park 3,083 0.0%
89 Golden 7,623 0.0%
90 Fruita 5,228 0.0%
91 Frisco 1,272 0.0%
92 Fountain 9,793 0.0%
93 Fort Morgan 4,028 0.0%
94 Florence 1,750 0.0%
95 Firestone 4,239 0.0%
96 Federal Heights 4,342 0.0%
97 Estes Park 3,210 0.0%
98 Yuma 1,536 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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