These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Kansas


We looked at years of data to determine which Kansas 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 0.27% of Kansas residents is gay? That ranks 42 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Sunflower State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Kansas.

After analyzing 101 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Kansas:

  1. Basehor (Jobs)
  2. Maize (Jobs)
  3. De Soto (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Edwardsville (Jobs)
  5. Parsons (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Wamego (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Baxter Springs (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Augusta (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Roeland Park (Jobs)
  10. Merriam (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Kansas reading, check out:

1. Basehor


Households: 1,810
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 2.93%
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Basehor is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States and is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,613.

2. Maize


Households: 1,290
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 2.25%
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3. De Soto

De Soto, Kansas

Households: 2,229
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 1.66%
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De Soto is a city in Johnson and Leavenworth counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The vast majority of the city, 11.13 sq. mi., lies within Johnson County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,720, and the 2015 census estimate is 6,074. The area code is 913, and the two zip codes are 66018 and 66019.

4. Edwardsville


Households: 1,498
Gay Households: 15
% Gay Households: 1.0%
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5. Parsons

Parsons, Kansas

Households: 4,115
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 1.0%
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Parsons is a city in Labette County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,500. It is the most populous city of Labette County, and is the second-most populous city in the southeastern region of Kansas.

6. Wamego

Wamego, Kansas

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Households: 1,732
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 0.92%
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7. Baxter Springs

Baxter Springs, Kansas

Households: 1,477
Gay Households: 11
% Gay Households: 0.74%
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8. Augusta

Augusta, Kansas

Households: 3,571
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 0.73%
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Augusta is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,274.

9. Roeland Park


Households: 3,070
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 0.72%
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Roeland Park is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,731.

10. Merriam

Merriam, Kansas

Households: 5,157
Gay Households: 35
% Gay Households: 0.68%
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Merriam is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,003. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north ; the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Kansas?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Kansas, 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 101 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Basehor ended up being the the most gay place with 2.93% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Kansas. 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 Kansas

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Kansas, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Kansas:

  1. Kingman
  2. Holton
  3. Goodland

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Kansas

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Basehor 2.93% 53 1,810
2 Maize 2.25% 29 1,290
3 De Soto 1.66% 37 2,229
4 Edwardsville 1.0% 15 1,498
5 Parsons 1.0% 41 4,115
6 Wamego 0.92% 16 1,732
7 Baxter Springs 0.74% 11 1,477
8 Augusta 0.73% 26 3,571
9 Roeland Park 0.72% 22 3,070
10 Merriam 0.68% 35 5,157
11 Leawood 0.63% 78 12,381
12 Bel Aire 0.56% 15 2,694
13 Lansing 0.55% 18 3,255
14 Kansas City 0.55% 299 54,794
15 Ellsworth 0.54% 6 1,101
16 Ottawa 0.54% 27 4,962
17 Gardner 0.53% 37 6,993
18 Lawrence 0.52% 185 35,483
19 Prairie Village 0.51% 49 9,661
20 Concordia 0.5% 11 2,189
21 Dodge City 0.46% 41 8,854
22 Mission 0.45% 22 4,875
23 Manhattan 0.45% 93 20,740
24 Shawnee 0.42% 100 24,077
25 Leavenworth 0.39% 48 12,442
26 Goddard 0.39% 5 1,298
27 Lenexa 0.36% 74 20,301
28 Topeka 0.33% 176 52,724
29 Wichita 0.3% 458 151,330
30 Salina 0.3% 58 19,419
31 Fairway 0.29% 5 1,719
32 Hutchinson 0.27% 44 16,494
33 Winfield 0.27% 12 4,526
34 Garden City 0.26% 24 9,197
35 Overland Park 0.21% 157 76,143
36 Olathe 0.16% 75 45,940
37 Bonner Springs 0.15% 4 2,741
38 Derby 0.13% 12 8,996
39 Independence 0.13% 5 3,785
40 Hays 0.13% 11 8,566
41 Junction City 0.11% 10 8,988
42 Coffeyville 0.1% 4 3,932
43 Great Bend 0.09% 6 6,424
44 El Dorado 0.09% 5 5,478
45 Valley Center 0.0% 0 2,375
46 Pratt 0.0% 0 2,700
47 Newton 0.0% 0 7,755
48 Mulvane 0.0% 0 2,130
49 Wellington 0.0% 0 3,207
50 Mission Hills 0.0% 0 1,249
51 Norton 0.0% 0 1,120
52 South Hutchinson 0.0% 0 1,093
53 Sabetha 0.0% 0 1,067
54 Ulysses 0.0% 0 2,022
55 Scott City 0.0% 0 1,707
56 Osawatomie 0.0% 0 1,673
57 Russell 0.0% 0 2,042
58 Paola 0.0% 0 2,076
59 Seneca 0.0% 0 1,009
60 Tonganoxie 0.0% 0 1,881
61 Phillipsburg 0.0% 0 1,060
62 Pittsburg 0.0% 0 7,720
63 Rose Hill 0.0% 0 1,396
64 Spring Hill 0.0% 0 1,946
65 Osage City 0.0% 0 1,181
66 Park City 0.0% 0 2,528
67 Abilene 0.0% 0 2,860
68 Marysville 0.0% 0 1,553
69 Andover 0.0% 0 4,336
70 Arkansas City 0.0% 0 4,649
71 Atchison 0.0% 0 3,654
72 Baldwin City 0.0% 0 1,484
73 Beloit 0.0% 0 1,647
74 Burlington 0.0% 0 1,091
75 Chanute 0.0% 0 3,668
76 Clay Center 0.0% 0 1,711
77 Colby 0.0% 0 2,270
78 Columbus 0.0% 0 1,360
79 Emporia 0.0% 0 9,827
80 Eudora 0.0% 0 2,135
81 Eureka 0.0% 0 1,112
82 Fort Scott 0.0% 0 3,147
83 Frontenac 0.0% 0 1,317
84 Galena 0.0% 0 1,062
85 Garnett 0.0% 0 1,470
86 Lyons 0.0% 0 1,446
87 Louisburg 0.0% 0 1,788
88 Lindsborg 0.0% 0 1,315
89 Liberal 0.0% 0 6,634
90 Larned 0.0% 0 1,788
91 Iola 0.0% 0 2,259
92 Mcpherson 0.0% 0 5,591
93 Hugoton 0.0% 0 1,277
94 Hillsboro 0.0% 0 1,039
95 Hiawatha 0.0% 0 1,388
96 Hesston 0.0% 0 1,371
97 Herington 0.0% 0 1,007
98 Haysville 0.0% 0 4,086
99 Goodland 0.0% 0 2,176
100 Holton 0.0% 0 1,439

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