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:
- Momence (Photos | Jobs)
- Shelbyville (Photos | Jobs)
- Barrington Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- Willow Springs (Jobs)
- West Dundee (Photos | Jobs)
- Bridgeview (Photos | Jobs)
- University Park (Jobs)
- Sauk Village (Jobs)
- Chicago Ridge (Photos | Jobs)
- Roscoe (Photos | Jobs)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Illinois reading, check out:
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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
4. Willow Springs
5. West Dundee
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.
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
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
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 is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,305 at the 2010 census.
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:
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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Illinois
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