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 0.42% of Illinois residents is gay? That ranks 24 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 447 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Illinois:

  1. Barrington Hills
  2. Troy
  3. Carterville
  4. Fox River Grove
  5. Lebanon
  6. Hainesville
  7. Mount Morris
  8. University Park
  9. Thornton
  10. Willow Springs

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in Illinois.

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How do you determine the gayest city in Illinois?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Illinois, we used the 2009-2014 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 447 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Barrington Hills ended up being the the most gay place with 3.1% 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.

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1. Barrington Hills

Barrington Hills, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,418
Gay Households: 44
% Gay Households: 3.1%

2. Troy

Troy, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,562
Gay Households: 67
% Gay Households: 1.88%

3. Carterville


Population: 2,117
Gay Households: 38
% Gay Households: 1.79%

4. Fox River Grove

Fox River Grove, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,566
Gay Households: 27
% Gay Households: 1.72%

5. Lebanon

Lebanon, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,450
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 1.72%

6. Hainesville


Population: 1,234
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.62%

7. Mount Morris

Mount Morris, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,237
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.62%

8. University Park

University Park, Illinois

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,557
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 1.6%

9. Thornton

Thornton, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,132
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 1.59%

10. Willow Springs


Population: 2,375
Gay Households: 35
% Gay Households: 1.47%

There You Have It

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. Litchfield
  2. Marseilles
  3. McLeansboro

For more Illinois reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Illinois

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Barrington Hills 1 0.03% 44 1,418
Troy 2 0.02% 67 3,562
Carterville 3 0.02% 38 2,117
Fox River Grove 4 0.02% 27 1,566
Lebanon 5 0.02% 25 1,450
Hainesville 6 0.02% 20 1,234
Mount Morris 7 0.02% 20 1,237
University Park 8 0.02% 41 2,557
Thornton 9 0.02% 18 1,132
Willow Springs 10 0.01% 35 2,375
Sauk Village 11 0.01% 46 3,242
Hoopeston 12 0.01% 32 2,271
Volo 13 0.01% 16 1,296
Lasalle 14 0.01% 48 4,007
Pinckneyville 15 0.01% 18 1,522
Carbondale 16 0.01% 111 9,416
Oak Park 17 0.01% 252 21,658
Hillsboro 18 0.01% 19 1,634
Burr Ridge 19 0.01% 46 4,019
Gibson City 20 0.01% 17 1,513
North Barrington 21 0.01% 12 1,090
Sleepy Hollow 22 0.01% 12 1,103
Madison 23 0.01% 18 1,655
Evanston 24 0.01% 309 28,939
Westville 25 0.01% 14 1,359
Rochester 26 0.01% 14 1,367
Auburn 27 0.01% 18 1,806
Roscoe 28 0.01% 39 3,894
Carlinville 29 0.01% 22 2,264
Colona 30 0.01% 18 1,932
Virden 31 0.01% 13 1,417
St. Joseph 32 0.01% 14 1,546
Brookfield 33 0.01% 64 7,006
Zion 34 0.01% 72 8,115
Beardstown 35 0.01% 20 2,273
Winnebago 36 0.01% 10 1,169
Indian Head Park 37 0.01% 16 1,861
Savoy 38 0.01% 27 3,129
Olympia Fields 39 0.01% 18 2,098
Schaumburg 40 0.01% 262 30,389
Freeburg 41 0.01% 14 1,641
Marion 42 0.01% 62 7,424
Homewood 43 0.01% 61 7,267
Winthrop Harbor 44 0.01% 21 2,525
Chicago Ridge 45 0.01% 45 5,504
Hamilton 46 0.01% 10 1,257
Lockport 47 0.01% 71 9,005
Robinson 48 0.01% 22 2,770
Berwyn 49 0.01% 143 18,401
Rock Falls 50 0.01% 31 4,021
Sandwich 51 0.01% 20 2,641
East Peoria 52 0.01% 74 9,733
Murphysboro 53 0.01% 27 3,617
Chicago 54 0.01% 7,568 1,028,829
Knoxville 55 0.01% 9 1,227
Normal 56 0.01% 138 18,877
Countryside 57 0.01% 18 2,486
Lake Zurich 58 0.01% 48 6,633
Bartonville 59 0.01% 19 2,639
Bourbonnais 60 0.01% 44 6,120
West Dundee 61 0.01% 21 2,940
Lansing 62 0.01% 80 11,221
Oak Forest 63 0.01% 69 10,145
Forest Park 64 0.01% 49 7,178
Collinsville 65 0.01% 72 10,723
Blue Island 66 0.01% 54 8,208
Morris 67 0.01% 36 5,455
Stickney 68 0.01% 16 2,440
Calumet City 69 0.01% 92 14,127
Peoria 70 0.01% 305 47,286
Joliet 71 0.01% 302 46,992
Alton 72 0.01% 75 11,737
Pittsfield 73 0.01% 12 1,913
Havana 74 0.01% 9 1,447
Mahomet 75 0.01% 17 2,734
Green Oaks 76 0.01% 7 1,142
Harrisburg 77 0.01% 23 3,771
Galesburg 78 0.01% 78 13,082
Highland 79 0.01% 24 4,033
Loves Park 80 0.01% 58 9,670
Champaign 81 0.01% 198 32,734
Jacksonville 82 0.01% 44 7,287
Arlington Heights 83 0.01% 179 30,283
Lake Forest 84 0.01% 39 6,606
Westchester 85 0.01% 39 6,693
Bensenville 86 0.01% 36 6,214
Skokie 87 0.01% 130 22,532
Bartlett 88 0.01% 80 13,797
North Riverside 89 0.01% 16 2,765
Heyworth 90 0.01% 6 1,060
Burnham 91 0.01% 8 1,396
Antioch 92 0.01% 29 5,077
Fulton 93 0.01% 9 1,587
Orland Hills 94 0.01% 13 2,324
Villa Park 95 0.01% 43 7,713
Carpentersville 96 0.01% 61 10,987
Lindenhurst 97 0.01% 28 5,018
Rock Island 98 0.01% 85 15,422
Danville 99 0.01% 68 12,446
Crete 100 0.01% 17 3,120

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