These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Connecticut


We looked at years of data to determine which Connecticut 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 0.35% of Connecticut residents is gay? That ranks 30 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Constitution State.

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

After analyzing 23 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Connecticut:

  1. Derby (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Naugatuck (Photos | Jobs)
  3. West Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Ansonia (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Meriden (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Bristol (Photos | Jobs)
  7. New Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Waterbury (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Bridgeport (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Norwalk (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Households: 4,949
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 0.75%
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Derby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.

2. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Households: 11,910
Gay Households: 85
% Gay Households: 0.71%
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Naugatuck is a consolidated borough and town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The town spans both sides of the Naugatuck River just south of Waterbury, and includes the communities of Union City on the east side of the river, which has its own post office, Straitsville on the southeast, and Millville on the west. As of the 2010 census, Naugatuck had a population of 31,862.

3. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

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Households: 19,961
Gay Households: 110
% Gay Households: 0.55%
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West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

4. Ansonia

Ansonia, Connecticut

Households: 6,897
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 0.48%
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Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. The population was 19,249 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code for Ansonia is 06401. The city is served by the Metro-North Railroad. Ansonia Station is a stop on the railroad passenger commuter service’s Waterbury line, connecting to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Ansonia also is served by the Connecticut Transit bus carrier. Connecticut Route 8 serves Ansonia.

5. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Households: 25,180
Gay Households: 115
% Gay Households: 0.46%
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Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, located halfway between the regional cities of New Haven and Hartford. In 2010, the population of the city was 60,868.

6. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Households: 24,985
Gay Households: 112
% Gay Households: 0.45%
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7. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Households: 50,024
Gay Households: 215
% Gay Households: 0.43%
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New Haven, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut, with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.

8. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Households: 39,735
Gay Households: 168
% Gay Households: 0.42%
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Waterbury is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury is in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut.

9. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Households: 50,357
Gay Households: 189
% Gay Households: 0.38%
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Bridgeport is a seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States. Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, Bridgeport is also part of the New York metropolitan area.

10. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Households: 33,184
Gay Households: 112
% Gay Households: 0.34%
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Norwalk, is a U.S city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Connecticut, 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 23 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Derby ended up being the the most gay place with 0.75% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Connecticut. 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 Connecticut

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

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

  1. Danielson
  2. Jewett City
  3. Torrington

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Connecticut

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Derby 0.75% 37 4,949
2 Naugatuck 0.71% 85 11,910
3 West Haven 0.55% 110 19,961
4 Ansonia 0.48% 33 6,897
5 Meriden 0.46% 115 25,180
6 Bristol 0.45% 112 24,985
7 New Haven 0.43% 215 50,024
8 Waterbury 0.42% 168 39,735
9 Bridgeport 0.38% 189 50,357
10 Norwalk 0.34% 112 33,184
11 Hartford 0.33% 150 45,845
12 New Britain 0.31% 88 28,118
13 Stamford 0.3% 145 47,708
14 Milford 0.3% 63 20,877
15 Middletown 0.29% 56 19,219
16 Danbury 0.28% 83 29,426
17 Norwich 0.26% 42 16,017
18 New London 0.19% 20 10,600
19 Groton 0.19% 8 4,244
20 Shelton 0.11% 17 15,803
21 Torrington 0.09% 14 14,808
22 Jewett City 0.0% 0 1,332
23 Danielson 0.0% 0 1,835

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