These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Illinois


We looked at years of data to determine which Illinois 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 0.37% of Illinois residents is gay? That ranks 23 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Prairie State.

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

After analyzing 450 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Illinois:

  1. Momence (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Shelbyville (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Barrington Hills (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Willow Springs (Jobs)
  5. West Dundee (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Bridgeview (Photos | Jobs)
  7. University Park (Jobs)
  8. Sauk Village (Jobs)
  9. Chicago Ridge (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Roscoe (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Momence

Momence, Illinois

Households: 1,033
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 3.19%
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2. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Illinois

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Households: 2,262
Gay Households: 55
% Gay Households: 2.43%
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Shelbyville is a city in Shelby County, Illinois, along the Kaskaskia River. As of the 2010 census, the population was at 4,700. It is the county seat of Shelby County. Shelby Memorial Hospital, located in town, is the county’s only hospital. Shelbyville’s sister city is Okuwa Village, Japan.

3. Barrington Hills

Barrington Hills, Illinois

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Households: 1,406
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 2.35%
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4. Willow Springs


Households: 2,259
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 1.99%
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5. West Dundee

West Dundee, Illinois

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Households: 3,023
Gay Households: 50
% Gay Households: 1.65%
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West Dundee is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,331 as of the 2010 US Census. It is considered a far west Chicago suburb.

6. Bridgeview

Bridgeview, Illinois

Households: 5,480
Gay Households: 81
% Gay Households: 1.48%
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Bridgeview is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located approximately 13 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 16,446. Bridgeview is home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.

7. University Park


Households: 2,620
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 1.41%
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University Park is a village in Cook and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located almost entirely in Will County, University Park has been the home of Governors State University since 1969. The village population was 7,129 at the 2010 census.

8. Sauk Village

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Households: 3,426
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 1.37%
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Sauk Village is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, with a small portion in Will County. The population was 10,506 at the 2010 census.

9. Chicago Ridge

Chicago Ridge, Illinois

Households: 5,127
Gay Households: 68
% Gay Households: 1.33%
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Chicago Ridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,305 at the 2010 census.

10. Roscoe

Roscoe, Illinois

Households: 3,871
Gay Households: 51
% Gay Households: 1.32%
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Roscoe is a village in Winnebago County, Illinois, a suburb of Rockford. The village is in a suburban area along the Rock River. It is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 10,785, up from 6,244 at the 2000 census. The area has been undergoing a period of rapid growth. There have been numerous border disputes with its neighbor to the west, Rockton, Illinois and development and annexations continue by both villages. Recent growth has included the Promontory Ridge and Hidden Creek custom home subdivisions east of the Illinois Tollway, I-39/I-90.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Illinois, 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 450 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Momence ended up being the the most gay place with 3.19% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Abingdon
  2. Gilberts
  3. Galva

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Illinois

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Momence 3.19% 33 1,033
2 Shelbyville 2.43% 55 2,262
3 Barrington Hills 2.35% 33 1,406
4 Willow Springs 1.99% 45 2,259
5 West Dundee 1.65% 50 3,023
6 Bridgeview 1.48% 81 5,480
7 University Park 1.41% 37 2,620
8 Sauk Village 1.37% 47 3,426
9 Chicago Ridge 1.33% 68 5,127
10 Roscoe 1.32% 51 3,871
11 Beardstown 1.23% 27 2,193
12 Lebanon 1.23% 19 1,548
13 Tilton 1.13% 14 1,234
14 Westchester 1.13% 76 6,726
15 Sparta 1.09% 20 1,833
16 Westville 1.09% 14 1,284
17 Virden 1.08% 15 1,386
18 Hamilton 0.99% 12 1,213
19 Benton 0.99% 29 2,932
20 Coal Valley 0.94% 15 1,604
21 Carbondale 0.93% 94 10,068
22 Winthrop Harbor 0.91% 23 2,519
23 North Riverside 0.91% 24 2,644
24 Evanston 0.89% 258 28,887
25 Alton 0.89% 104 11,681
26 Rochester 0.88% 12 1,361
27 Collinsville 0.87% 91 10,476
28 Murphysboro 0.83% 28 3,378
29 Troy 0.83% 30 3,631
30 Bartonville 0.81% 22 2,700
31 Hickory Hills 0.81% 39 4,816
32 Godfrey 0.8% 58 7,235
33 Green Oaks 0.79% 9 1,140
34 Monticello 0.79% 18 2,280
35 El Paso 0.78% 8 1,021
36 Long Grove 0.76% 18 2,381
37 Warrenville 0.75% 37 4,915
38 Dupo 0.75% 12 1,597
39 Oak Park 0.74% 160 21,546
40 Markham 0.74% 34 4,598
41 Shiloh 0.73% 35 4,772
42 Riverside 0.73% 23 3,153
43 Cahokia 0.72% 38 5,245
44 Bourbonnais 0.72% 45 6,239
45 Hoopeston 0.72% 17 2,369
46 Chicago 0.69% 7,164 1,042,579
47 Berkeley 0.68% 12 1,755
48 Danville 0.67% 83 12,309
49 Shorewood 0.66% 36 5,423
50 Yorkville 0.66% 38 5,738
51 Hainesville 0.66% 8 1,220
52 Vernon Hills 0.65% 63 9,640
53 Park City 0.65% 15 2,312
54 Glencoe 0.65% 20 3,087
55 Galesburg 0.64% 82 12,859
56 Colona 0.61% 11 1,806
57 Lake Zurich 0.61% 41 6,745
58 Olympia Fields 0.6% 12 2,009
59 Lombard 0.59% 103 17,391
60 Arlington Heights 0.59% 181 30,688
61 Havana 0.59% 8 1,363
62 Aledo 0.58% 9 1,541
63 Sandwich 0.58% 15 2,588
64 Burnham 0.58% 8 1,382
65 Herrin 0.58% 30 5,217
66 Swansea 0.57% 31 5,456
67 Cortland 0.56% 7 1,239
68 Urbana 0.56% 87 15,511
69 Palos Heights 0.56% 27 4,843
70 Lisle 0.55% 53 9,563
71 Blue Island 0.55% 46 8,394
72 Crete 0.55% 17 3,103
73 Volo 0.55% 7 1,279
74 Heyworth 0.55% 6 1,098
75 Rock Falls 0.54% 21 3,882
76 Forest Park 0.54% 39 7,287
77 Coal City 0.52% 11 2,097
78 Glendale Heights 0.52% 59 11,271
79 Burr Ridge 0.52% 23 4,395
80 Lake Forest 0.52% 35 6,691
81 Fulton 0.52% 8 1,543
82 Decatur 0.52% 162 31,248
83 Countryside 0.52% 13 2,510
84 Winnebago 0.52% 6 1,161
85 Eldorado 0.51% 8 1,562
86 Maryville 0.51% 16 3,150
87 Peoria 0.5% 235 47,033
88 West Frankfort 0.49% 17 3,438
89 Marquette Heights 0.49% 5 1,012
90 Pawnee 0.49% 5 1,013
91 Germa 0.49% 6 1,228
92 Creve Coeur 0.49% 11 2,253
93 Normal 0.48% 93 19,189
94 Pittsfield 0.48% 9 1,876
95 Schaumburg 0.47% 143 30,171
96 North Barrington 0.47% 5 1,063
97 Mahomet 0.47% 13 2,786
98 Nashville 0.46% 6 1,295
99 Wheeling 0.45% 64 14,088
100 Champaign 0.45% 151 33,432

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