These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Illinois For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in Illinois.

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When the Supreme Court 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 0.32% of Illinois residents is gay? That ranks as the number 25 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 15,222 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 for 2019:

  1. Momence (Photos)
  2. Willow Springs (Photos)
  3. Barrington Hills (Photos)
  4. Shelbyville (Photos)
  5. Monticello (Photos)
  6. West Dundee (Photos)
  7. University Park
  8. Sauk Village
  9. North Riverside (Photos)
  10. Troy (Photos)

According to the facts, Momence is the gayest place in Illinois for 2019.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the gayest cities in America.

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How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Illinois for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in Illinois, we used the 2013-2017 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, ended up being the the most gay place with 2.59% 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.

Momence, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,043
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 27 (80th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.59% (1st highest)
More on Momence:  Data | Photos

Willow Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 2,165
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 54 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.49% (2nd highest)
More on Willow Springs:  Data | Photos

Barrington Hills, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Households: 1,391
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 32 (70th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.3% (3rd highest)
More on Barrington Hills:  Data | Photos

Shelbyville, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 2,141
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 48 (46th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.24% (4th highest)
More on Shelbyville:  Data | Photos

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.

Monticello, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 2,354
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 28)
Gay Households: 46 (49th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.95% (5th highest)
More on Monticello:  Data | Photos

Monticello is a city in Piatt County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,138 at the 2000 census, and 5,374 at a 2009 estimate. It is the county seat of Piatt County.

West Dundee, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 3,089
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 54 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.75% (6th highest)
More on West Dundee:  Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 2,583
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Gay Households: 43 (52nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.66% (7th highest)
More on University Park:  Data

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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 3,515
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Gay Households: 50 (45th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.42% (8th highest)
More on Sauk Village:  Data

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.

North Riverside, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 2,677
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 14)
Gay Households: 38 (57th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.42% (9th highest)
More on North Riverside:  Data | Photos

Troy, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,766
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 19)
Gay Households: 46 (49th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.22% (10th highest)
More on Troy:  Data | Photos

Troy is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 9,888 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In Illinois For 2019

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:

  • Abingdon
  • Morrison
  • Olympia Fields

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Illinois

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Momence 1,043 2.59%
2 Willow Springs 2,165 2.49%
3 Barrington Hills 1,391 2.3%
4 Shelbyville 2,141 2.24%
5 Monticello 2,354 1.95%
6 West Dundee 3,089 1.75%
7 University Park 2,583 1.66%
8 Sauk Village 3,515 1.42%
9 North Riverside 2,677 1.42%
10 Troy 3,766 1.22%
11 Lebanon 1,636 1.16%
12 Tilton 1,147 1.13%
13 Sparta 1,957 1.12%
14 Wonder Lake 1,628 1.11%
15 Alton 11,508 1.09%
16 Coal Valley 1,687 1.07%
17 Spring Valley 2,260 1.06%
18 Eureka 2,128 1.03%
19 Bridgeview 5,566 1.01%
20 Beardstown 2,280 0.96%
21 Rochester 1,360 0.96%
22 Westchester 6,601 0.94%
23 Bartonville 2,597 0.89%
24 Dupo 1,603 0.87%
25 Sandwich 2,647 0.87%
26 El Paso 1,040 0.87%
27 Long Grove 2,396 0.83%
28 Campton Hills 3,521 0.82%
29 Carpentersville 10,954 0.79%
30 Aledo 1,560 0.77%
31 Green Oaks 1,175 0.77%
32 Shiloh 5,070 0.75%
33 Oak Park 21,529 0.75%
34 Warrenville 4,852 0.74%
35 Roscoe 3,784 0.74%
36 Evanston 28,727 0.73%
37 Shorewood 5,765 0.71%
38 Yorkville 6,120 0.69%
39 Cahokia 5,254 0.69%
40 Benton 2,945 0.68%
41 Carbondale 10,201 0.68%
42 Swansea 5,478 0.68%
43 Island Lake 3,178 0.66%
44 Winnebago 1,211 0.66%
45 Chicago 1,046,789 0.63%
46 Godfrey 7,331 0.63%
47 Virden 1,453 0.62%
48 Collinsville 10,532 0.6%
49 Glendale Heights 11,386 0.6%
50 Ford Heights 1,008 0.6%
51 Creve Coeur 2,194 0.59%
52 Chicago Ridge 5,050 0.57%
53 Cortland 1,229 0.57%
54 Pittsfield 1,969 0.56%
55 Eldorado 1,616 0.56%
56 Moline 18,163 0.56%
57 Galesburg 12,560 0.54%
58 Crete 3,203 0.53%
59 Colona 1,901 0.53%
60 Belvidere 8,982 0.52%
61 Lincolnwood 4,268 0.52%
62 Maryville 3,238 0.49%
63 Pawnee 1,012 0.49%
64 Carol Stream 14,408 0.49%
65 Oak Forest 10,500 0.49%
66 Frankfort 6,020 0.48%
67 Nashville 1,258 0.48%
68 Bourbonnais 6,198 0.47%
69 St. Charles 12,679 0.47%
70 West Frankfort 3,453 0.46%
71 Skokie 22,456 0.46%
72 Berwyn 18,104 0.46%
73 Forest Park 6,992 0.46%
74 Wheeling 14,233 0.46%
75 Berkeley 1,752 0.46%
76 Murphysboro 3,319 0.45%
77 Quincy 17,353 0.45%
78 Riverside 3,151 0.44%
79 Herrin 5,233 0.44%
80 Blue Island 8,443 0.44%
81 Park City 2,315 0.43%
82 Countryside 2,594 0.42%
83 Decatur 31,028 0.42%
84 Casey 1,189 0.42%
85 Burr Ridge 4,574 0.42%
86 Streamwood 13,089 0.41%
87 Bloomingdale 8,752 0.41%
88 Bloomington 31,652 0.41%
89 Rockford 58,939 0.4%
90 North Barrington 1,015 0.39%
91 Trenton 1,055 0.38%
92 Springfield 50,693 0.38%
93 Champaign 33,834 0.38%
94 Clinton 2,910 0.38%
95 Crystal Lake 14,651 0.38%
96 Northlake 3,760 0.37%
97 Danville 12,184 0.37%
98 Kankakee 9,045 0.36%
99 Urbana 15,986 0.36%
100 Milan 2,496 0.36%

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