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 0.24% of Iowa residents is gay? That ranks 46 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 (Photos | Jobs)
- West Burlington (Jobs)
- North Liberty (Photos | Jobs)
- West Branch (Photos | Jobs)
- Rock Valley (Jobs)
- Maquoketa (Photos | Jobs)
- Emmetsburg (Photos | Jobs)
- Carlisle (Jobs)
- Creston (Photos | Jobs)
- Pleasant Hill (Photos | Jobs)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Iowa reading, check out:
1. Carter Lake
2. West Burlington
3. North Liberty
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.
4. West Branch
5. Rock Valley
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.
Creston is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,834 at the 2010 census.
10. Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,785 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July, 2005, Pleasant Hill has been given a US Postal code, 50327.
How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Iowa?
In order to rank the gayest cities in Iowa, we used the 2011-2016 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 4.01% 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.
There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Iowa
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:
- Fort Madison
For more Iowa reading, check out:
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Iowa
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Iowa
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Iowa
|Rank||City||% Gay Households|
|31||West Des Moines||0.32%|