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:
- Carter Lake (Photos)
- North Liberty (Photos)
- Creston (Photos)
- Maquoketa (Photos)
- Rock Valley
- New Hampton (Photos)
- 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.
For more Iowa reading, check out:
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.
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.
Rank Last Year: –
Gay Households: 14 (29th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.36% (3rd highest)
More on Bellevue: Data
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 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.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 15 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.14% (6th highest)
More on Rock Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 16 (24th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.02% (7th highest)
More on Carlisle: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 8 (42nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.69% (9th highest)
More on Belmond: Data
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:
- Fort Madison
For more Iowa reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Iowa
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