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 0.29% of Iowa residents is gay? That ranks 42 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Hawkeye State.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Iowa.
After analyzing 137 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Iowa:
- Carter Lake
- West Burlington
- Windsor Heights
- North Liberty (Photos)
- West Branch
- Glenwood (Photos)
- Rock Valley
- Maquoketa (Photos)
- Washington (Photos)
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 Iowa.
How do you determine the gayest city in Iowa?
In order to rank the gayest cities in Iowa, 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 137 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, Carter Lake ended up being the the most gay place with 4.84% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Iowa. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.
1. Carter Lake
Population: 1,446Gay Households: 70
% Gay Households: 4.84%
2. West Burlington
Population: 1,368 Gay Households: 27
% Gay Households: 1.97%
3. Windsor Heights
Population: 2,062 Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 1.36%
4. North Liberty
Population: 5,942Gay Households: 77
% Gay Households: 1.3%
5. West Branch
Population: 1,047Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 1.15%
Population: 1,789Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.12%
7. Rock Valley
Population: 1,286 Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 1.01%
Population: 2,627Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 0.91%
Population: 5,843 Gay Households: 48
% Gay Households: 0.82%
Population: 3,161Gay Households: 21
% Gay Households: 0.66%
There You Have It
If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Iowa, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Iowa:
- Iowa Falls
- Fort Madison
For more Iowa reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places To Live In Iowa – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Iowa – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Iowa – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Iowa
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|West Des Moines||26||0.0%|