These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Delaware


We looked at years of data to determine which Delaware 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 0.51% of Delaware residents is gay? That ranks 8 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The First State.

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

After analyzing 17 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Delaware:

  1. Lewes (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Middl (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Milton (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Seaford (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Georg (Jobs)
  6. Wilmington (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Newark (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Milford (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Smyrna (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Dover (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Households: 1,632
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 2.88%
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2. Middl

Middl, Delaware

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Households: 6,551
Gay Households: 107
% Gay Households: 1.63%
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3. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Households: 1,215
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 1.07%
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4. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Households: 2,898
Gay Households: 31
% Gay Households: 1.07%
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Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. Georg

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Households: 2,202
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 0.91%
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6. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Households: 28,306
Gay Households: 199
% Gay Households: 0.7%
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Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

7. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Households: 10,058
Gay Households: 69
% Gay Households: 0.69%
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Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

8. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Households: 4,036
Gay Households: 15
% Gay Households: 0.37%
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Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

9. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Households: 4,321
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 0.3%
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Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

10. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Households: 13,257
Gay Households: 27
% Gay Households: 0.2%
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Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Delaware, 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 17 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Lewes ended up being the the most gay place with 2.88% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Bridgeville
  2. Harrington
  3. Camden

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Delaware

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Lewes 2.88% 47 1,632
2 Middl 1.63% 107 6,551
3 Milton 1.07% 13 1,215
4 Seaford 1.07% 31 2,898
5 Georg 0.91% 20 2,202
6 Wilmington 0.7% 199 28,306
7 Newark 0.69% 69 10,058
8 Milford 0.37% 15 4,036
9 Smyrna 0.3% 13 4,321
10 Dover 0.2% 27 13,257
11 Laurel 0.0% 0 1,267
12 Elsmere 0.0% 0 2,300
13 Millsboro 0.0% 0 1,695
14 New Castle 0.0% 0 2,346
15 Camden 0.0% 0 1,273
16 Harrington 0.0% 0 1,213
17 Bridgeville 0.0% 0 1,057

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