These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Iowa 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 Iowa.

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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 0.21% of Iowa residents is gay? That ranks as the number 45 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 2,611 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 for 2019:

  1. Carter Lake (Photos)
  2. North Liberty (Photos)
  3. Bellevue
  4. Creston (Photos)
  5. Maquoketa (Photos)
  6. Rock Valley
  7. Carlisle
  8. New Hampton (Photos)
  9. Belmond
  10. Hiawatha (Photos)

According to the facts, Carter Lake is the gayest place in Iowa 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 Iowa for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in Iowa, 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 137 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 2.76% 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.

Carter Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,483
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 41 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.76% (1st highest)
More on Carter Lake:  Data | Photos

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 6,865
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 135 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.97% (2nd highest)
More on North Liberty:  Data | Photos

North Liberty is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,030
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 14 (29th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.36% (3rd highest)
More on Bellevue:  Data

Creston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,361
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 41 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.22% (4th highest)
More on Creston:  Data | Photos

Creston is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,834 at the 2010 census.

Maquoketa, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,643
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 32 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.21% (5th highest)
More on Maquoketa:  Data | Photos

Maquoketa is a city in Jackson county in the U.S. state of Iowa. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,314
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 15 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.14% (6th highest)
More on Rock Valley:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,573
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 16 (24th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.02% (7th highest)
More on Carlisle:  Data

New Hampton, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,585
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 12 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.76% (8th highest)
More on New Hampton:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,162
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 8 (42nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.69% (9th highest)
More on Belmond:  Data

Hiawatha, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 2,945
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 19 (22nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.65% (10th highest)
More on Hiawatha:  Data | Photos

Hiawatha is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb located north of Cedar Rapids and is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,024 in the 2010 census, an increase from 6,480 in 2000.

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

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:

  • Winterset
  • Indianola
  • Fort Madison

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Iowa

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Carter Lake 1,483 2.76%
2 North Liberty 6,865 1.97%
3 Bellevue 1,030 1.36%
4 Creston 3,361 1.22%
5 Maquoketa 2,643 1.21%
6 Rock Valley 1,314 1.14%
7 Carlisle 1,573 1.02%
8 New Hampton 1,585 0.76%
9 Belmond 1,162 0.69%
10 Hiawatha 2,945 0.65%
11 Emmetsburg 1,571 0.64%
12 Tama 1,031 0.58%
13 Ankeny 20,723 0.54%
14 Iowa City 29,697 0.52%
15 Grinnell 3,577 0.5%
16 Clear Lake 3,352 0.48%
17 Windsor Heights 2,151 0.46%
18 Newton 6,251 0.45%
19 Washington 3,132 0.45%
20 Perry 2,923 0.41%
21 Marion 15,232 0.39%
22 Des Moines 83,916 0.39%
23 Eldora 1,031 0.39%
24 Clinton 11,011 0.36%
25 Burlington 10,937 0.34%
26 Waterloo 28,468 0.31%
27 Keokuk 4,228 0.31%
28 Davenport 40,488 0.29%
29 Le Mars 4,169 0.29%
30 Council Bluffs 24,798 0.29%
31 West Des Moines 27,314 0.27%
32 Sioux City 31,434 0.26%
33 Mason City 12,426 0.26%
34 Grimes 4,107 0.24%
35 Ames 25,123 0.24%
36 Bettendorf 13,955 0.24%
37 Boone 5,407 0.22%
38 Cedar Rapids 54,433 0.21%
39 Clive 6,607 0.2%
40 Cedar Falls 14,948 0.15%
41 Fort Dodge 9,791 0.14%
42 Coralville 7,882 0.14%
43 Altoona 6,242 0.13%
44 Urbandale 16,424 0.09%
45 Marshalltown 10,340 0.08%
46 Ottumwa 9,998 0.06%
47 Dubuque 23,974 0.03%
48 Pella 3,825 0.0%
49 Nevada 2,775 0.0%
50 Oelwein 2,624 0.0%
51 Osage 1,603 0.0%
52 Osceola 2,089 0.0%
53 Orange City 2,031 0.0%
54 Onawa 1,329 0.0%
55 Norwalk 3,891 0.0%
56 Pleasant Hill 3,698 0.0%
57 Oskaloosa 4,878 0.0%
58 Adel 1,665 0.0%
59 Spencer 4,928 0.0%
60 Red Oak 2,523 0.0%
61 Wilton 1,228 0.0%
62 Williamsburg 1,350 0.0%
63 West Union 1,174 0.0%
64 West Liberty 1,202 0.0%
65 West Burlington 1,265 0.0%
66 Webster City 3,364 0.0%
67 Waverly 3,554 0.0%
68 Waukon 1,793 0.0%
69 Waukee 6,691 0.0%
70 Vinton 2,140 0.0%
71 Tipton 1,343 0.0%
72 Tiffin 1,093 0.0%
73 Story City 1,465 0.0%
74 Storm Lake 3,550 0.0%
75 Spirit Lake 2,530 0.0%
76 Muscatine 9,346 0.0%
77 Sioux Center 2,361 0.0%
78 Sibley 1,100 0.0%
79 Shenandoah 2,201 0.0%
80 Sheldon 2,200 0.0%
81 Sergeant Bluff 1,605 0.0%
82 Rock Rapids 1,044 0.0%
83 Robins 1,209 0.0%
84 Polk City 1,370 0.0%
85 Mount Vernon 1,190 0.0%
86 Jesup 1,121 0.0%
87 Monticello 1,618 0.0%
88 Eldridge 2,307 0.0%
89 Eagle Grove 1,455 0.0%
90 Dyersville 1,828 0.0%
91 Denison 2,646 0.0%
92 Decorah 2,781 0.0%
93 Cresco 1,630 0.0%
94 Clarion 1,144 0.0%
95 Clarinda 2,099 0.0%
96 Cherokee 2,172 0.0%
97 Charles City 3,414 0.0%
98 Estherville 2,369 0.0%
99 Chariton 2,032 0.0%
100 Carroll 4,418 0.0%

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