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:
- Momence (Photos)
- Willow Springs (Photos)
- Barrington Hills (Photos)
- Shelbyville (Photos)
- Monticello (Photos)
- West Dundee (Photos)
- University Park
- Sauk Village
- North Riverside (Photos)
- 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.
For more Illinois reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Illinois
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- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Olympia Fields
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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Illinois