These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Iowa


We looked at years of data to determine which Iowa 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 0.29% 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:

  1. Carter Lake
  2. West Burlington
  3. Windsor Heights
  4. North Liberty (Photos)
  5. West Branch
  6. Glenwood (Photos)
  7. Rock Valley
  8. Maquoketa (Photos)
  9. Altoona
  10. 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.

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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.

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1. Carter Lake

Carter Lake, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,446
Gay 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

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,942
Gay Households: 77
% Gay Households: 1.3%

5. West Branch

West Branch, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,047
Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 1.15%

6. Glenwood

Glenwood, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,789
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.12%

7. Rock Valley


Population: 1,286
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 1.01%

8. Maquoketa

Maquoketa, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,627
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 0.91%

9. Altoona


Population: 5,843
Gay Households: 48
% Gay Households: 0.82%

10. Washington

Washington, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,161
Gay 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:

  1. Winterset
  2. Iowa Falls
  3. Fort Madison

For more Iowa reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Iowa

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Carter Lake 1 0.05% 70 1,446
West Burlington 2 0.02% 27 1,368
Windsor Heights 3 0.01% 28 2,062
North Liberty 4 0.01% 77 5,942
West Branch 5 0.01% 12 1,047
Glenwood 6 0.01% 20 1,789
Rock Valley 7 0.01% 13 1,286
Maquoketa 8 0.01% 24 2,627
Altoona 9 0.01% 48 5,843
Washington 10 0.01% 21 3,161
Iowa City 11 0.01% 187 28,843
Clinton 12 0.01% 71 11,239
Pleasant Hill 13 0.01% 22 3,482
Spencer 14 0.01% 31 5,015
Boone 15 0.01% 32 5,245
Tama 16 0.01% 6 1,032
Oelwein 17 0.01% 16 2,764
Council Bluffs 18 0.01% 140 24,769
Davenport 19 0.01% 220 40,912
Eldridge 20 0.01% 12 2,242
Ames 21 0.01% 124 23,566
Des Moines 22 0.0% 397 81,239
Burlington 23 0.0% 51 10,882
Hiawatha 24 0.0% 14 3,034
Sioux City 25 0.0% 144 31,419
West Des Moines 26 0.0% 115 25,261
Waterloo 27 0.0% 131 28,834
Keokuk 28 0.0% 19 4,356
Creston 29 0.0% 14 3,322
Clive 30 0.0% 25 6,132
Cedar Rapids 31 0.0% 215 53,125
Hawarden 32 0.0% 4 1,050
Coralville 33 0.0% 28 7,710
Waukee 34 0.0% 19 5,748
Grinnell 35 0.0% 11 3,541
Newton 36 0.0% 19 6,399
Ottumwa 37 0.0% 29 10,253
Marion 38 0.0% 40 14,590
Storm Lake 39 0.0% 10 3,665
Atlantic 40 0.0% 8 3,298
Clear Lake 41 0.0% 8 3,400
Cedar Falls 42 0.0% 32 14,290
Ankeny 43 0.0% 43 19,324
Estherville 44 0.0% 5 2,479
Dubuque 45 0.0% 44 24,025
Decorah 46 0.0% 5 2,841
Perry 47 0.0% 5 2,818
Bettendorf 48 0.0% 21 13,623
Fort Dodge 49 0.0% 15 10,169
Indianola 50 0.0% 7 5,614
Urbandale 51 0.0% 12 16,289
Mason City 52 0.0% 8 12,873
Muscatine 53 0.0% 6 9,413
Onawa 54 0.0% 0 1,233
Osceola 55 0.0% 0 2,038
Osage 56 0.0% 0 1,615
New Hampton 57 0.0% 0 1,546
Norwalk 58 0.0% 0 3,459
Pella 59 0.0% 0 3,748
Nevada 60 0.0% 0 2,809
Orange City 61 0.0% 0 1,972
Oskaloosa 62 0.0% 0 4,932
Adel 63 0.0% 0 1,593
Red Oak 64 0.0% 0 2,480
Wilton 65 0.0% 0 1,213
Williamsburg 66 0.0% 0 1,271
West Union 67 0.0% 0 1,140
West Liberty 68 0.0% 0 1,119
Webster City 69 0.0% 0 3,411
Waverly 70 0.0% 0 3,533
Waukon 71 0.0% 0 1,714
Vinton 72 0.0% 0 2,113
Tipton 73 0.0% 0 1,394
Story City 74 0.0% 0 1,495
Spirit Lake 75 0.0% 0 2,354
Sioux Center 76 0.0% 0 2,227
Sibley 77 0.0% 0 1,109
Shenandoah 78 0.0% 0 2,180
Sheldon 79 0.0% 0 2,348
Sergeant Bluff 80 0.0% 0 1,429
Sac City 81 0.0% 0 1,031
Rock Rapids 82 0.0% 0 1,081
Robins 83 0.0% 0 1,130
Polk City 84 0.0% 0 1,303
Mount Vernon 85 0.0% 0 1,273
Jesup 86 0.0% 0 1,066
Monticello 87 0.0% 0 1,666
Eagle Grove 88 0.0% 0 1,339
Dyersville 89 0.0% 0 1,756
De Witt 90 0.0% 0 2,153
Denison 91 0.0% 0 2,700
Cresco 92 0.0% 0 1,610
Clarion 93 0.0% 0 1,107
Clarinda 94 0.0% 0 2,007
Cherokee 95 0.0% 0 2,442
Charles City 96 0.0% 0 3,512
Chariton 97 0.0% 0 1,881
Emmetsburg 98 0.0% 0 1,642
Centerville 99 0.0% 0 2,420
Carlisle 100 0.0% 0 1,498

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