These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Idaho


We looked at years of data to determine which Idaho 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 0.28% of Idaho residents is gay? That ranks 39 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Gem State.

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

After analyzing 47 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Idaho:

  1. Star (Jobs)
  2. Moscow (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Kuna (Photos | Jobs)
  4. St. Anthony (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Burley (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Blackfoot (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Idaho Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Montpelier (Jobs)
  9. Nampa (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Heyburn (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Star


Households: 2,629
Gay Households: 31
% Gay Households: 1.18%
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2. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Households: 9,606
Gay Households: 108
% Gay Households: 1.12%
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Moscow is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

3. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Households: 5,571
Gay Households: 52
% Gay Households: 0.93%
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Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census.

4. St. Anthony

St. Anthony, Idaho

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Households: 1,144
Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.87%
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5. Burley

Burley, Idaho

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Households: 3,460
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 0.72%
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6. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Households: 4,122
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 0.7%
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Blackfoot is a city in Bingham County, Idaho, United States. The population was 11,899 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Bingham County. Blackfoot boasts the largest potato industry in any one area, and is known as the “Potato Capital of the World.” It is the site of the Idaho Potato Museum, and the home of the world’s largest baked potato and potato chip. Blackfoot is also the location of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which operates between Labor Day weekend and the following weekend.

7. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Households: 21,119
Gay Households: 141
% Gay Households: 0.67%
More on Idaho Falls: Comment | Data | Jobs

Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Idaho Falls was 56,813, with a metro population of 136,108. As of 2016, the population was estimated at 60,211.

8. Montpelier


Households: 1,037
Gay Households: 6
% Gay Households: 0.58%
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9. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

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Households: 29,384
Gay Households: 134
% Gay Households: 0.46%
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Nampa ) is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho. The population of Nampa was 81,557 at the 2010 census making it the second-most populous city in Idaho. Nampa is located about 20 miles west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles west of Meridian. Nampa is the second principal city of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area. The name “Nampa” may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint.

10. Heyburn

Heyburn, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Households: 1,097
Gay Households: 5
% Gay Households: 0.46%
More on Heyburn: Comment | Data | Jobs

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Idaho, 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 47 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Star ended up being the the most gay place with 1.18% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Weiser
  2. Payette
  3. Bonners Ferry

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Idaho

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Star 1.18% 31 2,629
2 Moscow 1.12% 108 9,606
3 Kuna 0.93% 52 5,571
4 St. Anthony 0.87% 10 1,144
5 Burley 0.72% 25 3,460
6 Blackfoot 0.7% 29 4,122
7 Idaho Falls 0.67% 141 21,119
8 Montpelier 0.58% 6 1,037
9 Nampa 0.46% 134 29,384
10 Heyburn 0.46% 5 1,097
11 Boise City 0.45% 396 88,261
12 Lewiston 0.45% 60 13,410
13 Pocatello 0.4% 82 20,425
14 Sandpoint 0.33% 11 3,314
15 Garden City 0.32% 17 5,310
16 Hailey 0.32% 9 2,838
17 Ammon 0.32% 15 4,731
18 Twin Falls 0.24% 41 16,914
19 Middleton 0.24% 5 2,119
20 Hayden 0.23% 12 5,246
21 Mountain Home 0.22% 12 5,421
22 Post Falls 0.19% 22 11,472
23 Eagle 0.18% 15 8,515
24 Caldwell 0.16% 25 15,643
25 Coeur D’Alene 0.13% 25 19,491
26 Preston 0.0% 0 1,868
27 Salmon 0.0% 0 1,468
28 Soda Springs 0.0% 0 1,089
29 Rexburg 0.0% 0 7,627
30 Rigby 0.0% 0 1,313
31 Shelley 0.0% 0 1,253
32 Rupert 0.0% 0 2,089
33 Rathdrum 0.0% 0 2,701
34 American Falls 0.0% 0 1,419
35 Meridian 0.0% 0 31,172
36 Kimberly 0.0% 0 1,147
37 Ketchum 0.0% 0 1,520
38 Jerome 0.0% 0 3,656
39 Grangeville 0.0% 0 1,313
40 Gooding 0.0% 0 1,347
41 Fruitland 0.0% 0 1,719
42 Emmett 0.0% 0 2,655
43 Chubbuck 0.0% 0 4,918
44 Buhl 0.0% 0 1,510
45 Bonners Ferry 0.0% 0 1,096
46 Payette 0.0% 0 2,735
47 Weiser 0.0% 0 1,884

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