These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Colorado


We looked at years of data to determine which Colorado 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 0.48% of Colorado residents is gay? That ranks 12 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 100 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Colorado:

  1. Sheridan (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Walsenburg (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Wellington (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Eagle (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Estes Park (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Manitou Springs (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Denver (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Cañon City (Jobs)
  9. Englewood (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Wheat Ridge (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Colorado reading, check out:

1. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Households: 2,426
Gay Households: 108
% Gay Households: 4.45%
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2. Walsenburg

Walsenburg, Colorado

Households: 1,268
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 3.71%
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3. Wellington

Wellington, Colorado

Households: 2,425
Gay Households: 77
% Gay Households: 3.18%
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Wellington is a Statutory Town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,289 at the 2010 census.

4. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

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Households: 1,937
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 2.12%
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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.

5. Estes Park

Estes Park, Colorado

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Households: 3,140
Gay Households: 42
% Gay Households: 1.34%
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The Town of Estes Park is a statutory town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. Landmarks include The Stanley Hotel and The Baldpate Inn. The town overlooks Lake Estes and Olympus Dam.

6. Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs, Colorado

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Households: 2,477
Gay Households: 30
% Gay Households: 1.21%
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The city of Manitou Springs is a home rule municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The town was founded for its scenic setting and natural mineral springs. The downtown area continues to be of interest to travelers, particularly in the summer, as the downtown area consists of many one-story, adjoining, small shops, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a creekside city park with a children’s playground made from unusual materials. Among other services, shops cater to tourist interests such as clothing, candy, souvenirs, and outdoor recreation. The main road through the center of town was one of the direct paths to the base of Pikes Peak. Barr Trail, which winds its way up Pikes Peak, is easily accessible from town. The subdivision Crystal Hills was added to the municipality in the 1960s.

7. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Households: 281,072
Gay Households: 2,970
% Gay Households: 1.06%
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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.

8. Cañon City

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Households: 6,911
Gay Households: 72
% Gay Households: 1.04%
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9. Englewood

Englewood, Colorado

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Households: 14,515
Gay Households: 127
% Gay Households: 0.87%
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The City of Englewood is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. As of 2010, the population was 30,255. Englewood is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. Englewood is located in the South Platte River Valley east of the Front Range and immediately south of central Denver. Downtown is located immediately east of the confluence of Little Dry Creek and the South Platte River, between Santa Fe Drive and Broadway.

10. Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Households: 14,283
Gay Households: 119
% Gay Households: 0.83%
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Wheat Ridge is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Wheat Ridge is a western suburb of Denver. The Wheat Ridge Municipal Center is approximately 5 miles west-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The city had a population of 30,166 as of the 2010 Census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Colorado, 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 100 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Sheridan ended up being the the most gay place with 4.45% gay households.

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

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:

  1. Yuma
  2. Frisco
  3. Montrose

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Colorado

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Sheridan 4.45% 108 2,426
2 Walsenburg 3.71% 47 1,268
3 Wellington 3.18% 77 2,425
4 Eagle 2.12% 41 1,937
5 Estes Park 1.34% 42 3,140
6 Manitou Springs 1.21% 30 2,477
7 Denver 1.06% 2,970 281,072
8 Cañon City 1.04% 72 6,911
9 Englewood 0.87% 127 14,515
10 Wheat Ridge 0.83% 119 14,283
11 Eaton 0.79% 13 1,636
12 Erie 0.72% 51 7,130
13 Louisville 0.7% 56 8,009
14 Fruita 0.7% 34 4,869
15 Broomfield 0.68% 167 24,581
16 Delta 0.67% 24 3,590
17 Castle Rock 0.59% 111 18,739
18 Commerce City 0.58% 88 15,101
19 Fort Collins 0.55% 330 60,132
20 Thornton 0.54% 237 43,548
21 Boulder 0.53% 225 42,413
22 Lafayette 0.52% 57 10,866
23 Glendale 0.51% 14 2,727
24 Aspen 0.47% 15 3,195
25 Pueblo 0.47% 202 43,095
26 Lakewood 0.46% 297 63,989
27 Lone Tree 0.46% 24 5,184
28 Littleton 0.46% 90 19,440
29 Greenwood Village 0.46% 28 6,056
30 Evans 0.45% 31 6,820
31 Windsor 0.43% 33 7,715
32 Brush 0.43% 8 1,872
33 Woodland Park 0.42% 12 2,855
34 Rifle 0.42% 13 3,109
35 Arvada 0.42% 189 45,246
36 Lamar 0.42% 13 3,127
37 Westminster 0.41% 176 42,573
38 Aurora 0.4% 506 125,390
39 Fort Lupton 0.4% 10 2,517
40 Longmont 0.39% 135 34,538
41 La Junta 0.39% 11 2,857
42 Centennial 0.38% 151 39,222
43 Frederick 0.38% 14 3,663
44 Colorado Springs 0.38% 677 177,774
45 Carbondale 0.34% 8 2,324
46 Greeley 0.34% 118 34,319
47 Durango 0.32% 22 6,913
48 Grand Junction 0.27% 68 24,734
49 Northglenn 0.26% 36 13,771
50 Glenwood Springs 0.25% 10 4,030
51 Fountain 0.25% 23 9,311
52 Loveland 0.24% 74 30,269
53 Brighton 0.24% 26 11,044
54 Castle Pines 0.22% 8 3,653
55 Firestone 0.21% 8 3,736
56 Severance 0.16% 2 1,217
57 Edgewater 0.12% 3 2,441
58 Fort Morgan 0.12% 5 4,091
59 Sterling 0.12% 6 5,069
60 Parker 0.09% 15 16,964
61 Orchard City 0.0% 0 1,274
62 Silt 0.0% 0 1,058
63 Superior 0.0% 0 4,418
64 Trinidad 0.0% 0 3,661
65 Snowmass Village 0.0% 0 1,316
66 Salida 0.0% 0 2,586
67 Vail 0.0% 0 2,279
68 Silverthorne 0.0% 0 1,417
69 Palmer Lake 0.0% 0 1,052
70 Palisade 0.0% 0 1,087
71 Rocky Ford 0.0% 0 1,547
72 Steamboat Springs 0.0% 0 4,837
73 Alamosa 0.0% 0 3,710
74 Monument 0.0% 0 1,988
75 Avon 0.0% 0 2,099
76 Basalt 0.0% 0 1,692
77 Berthoud 0.0% 0 2,280
78 Breckenridge 0.0% 0 1,511
79 Buena Vista 0.0% 0 1,043
80 Burlington 0.0% 0 1,365
81 Cherry Hills Village 0.0% 0 2,173
82 Cortez 0.0% 0 3,417
83 Craig 0.0% 0 3,437
84 Dacono 0.0% 0 1,729
85 Federal Heights 0.0% 0 4,144
86 New Castle 0.0% 0 1,448
87 Florence 0.0% 0 1,575
88 Golden 0.0% 0 7,351
89 Gunnison 0.0% 0 2,360
90 Gypsum 0.0% 0 2,190
91 John 0.0% 0 4,813
92 Leadville 0.0% 0 1,238
93 Lochbuie 0.0% 0 1,601
94 Mead 0.0% 0 1,445
95 Meeker 0.0% 0 1,031
96 Milliken 0.0% 0 1,959
97 Monte Vista 0.0% 0 1,681
98 Montrose 0.0% 0 8,078
99 Frisco 0.0% 0 1,021
100 Yuma 0.0% 0 1,754

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