Gayest Places In Maine For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the gayest places in Maine.

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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 0.34% of Maine residents is gay? That ranks as the number 16 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 2,684 gay households in The Pine Tree State.

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

After analyzing 21 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Maine for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Maine For 2020

  1. Brewer (Photos)
  2. Bangor (Photos)
  3. Biddeford (Photos)
  4. Portland (Photos)
  5. Gardiner (Photos)
  6. Auburn (Photos)
  7. Waterville (Photos)
  8. Saco (Photos)
  9. South Portland (Photos)
  10. Bath (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Maine? According to the facts, Brewer is the gayest place in Maine for 2020.

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 Maine reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Maine For 2020

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,669
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 48 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.25% (1st highest)
More on Brewer:  Data | Photos

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 14,071
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 119 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.09% (2nd highest)
More on Bangor:  Data | Photos

Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the “Queen City” of Maine.

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 8,899
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 74 (5th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.08% (3rd highest)
More on Biddeford:  Data | Photos

Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the principal commercial center of York County. The population was 21,277 at the 2010 census. Twin city of Saco, Biddeford includes the resort community of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point. The town is the site of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival. First visited by Europeans in 1616, it is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the United States.

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Households: 30,564
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 358 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.63% (4th highest)
More on Portland:  Data | Photos

Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a population of 66,937 as of 2016. This makes it the fourth least populous city in the U.S. to be the most populous in its state. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon, was in turn named after Portland, Maine.

Gardiner, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 2,447
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Gay Households: 7 (17th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.57% (5th highest)
More on Gardiner:  Data | Photos

Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 10,262
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Gay Households: 85 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.51% (6th highest)
More on Auburn:  Data | Photos

Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 23,055 at the 2010 census. Auburn and Lewiston are known locally as the Twin Cities or Lewiston-Auburn.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 7,195
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 16 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.44% (7th highest)
More on Waterville:  Data | Photos

Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 7,768
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 102 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.44% (8th highest)
More on Saco:  Data | Photos

Saco is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems, a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.

South Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 10,783
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 28 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.26% (9th highest)
More on South Portland:  Data | Photos

South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,002. Known for its working waterfront, South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks the skyline of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Due to South Portland’s close proximity to air, marine, rail, and highway transportation options, the city has become a center for retail and industry in the region.

Bath, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,961
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 73 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (10th highest)
More on Bath:  Data | Photos

Bath is a city in Sagadahoc County, Maine, in the United States. The population was 8,514 at the 2010 census, and 8,357 as of 2013, the population has had a change of -10.2% since 2000. It is the county seat of Sagadahoc County, which includes one city and 10 towns. The city is popular with tourists, many drawn by its 19th-century architecture. It is home to the Bath Iron Works and Heritage Days Festival, held annually on the Fourth of July weekend. It is commonly known as “The City of Ships.” Bath is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Greater Portland.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Maine for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in Maine, we used the 2014-2018 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 21 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 1.25% gay households. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Maine. 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 Maine For 2020

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

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

  • Westbrook
  • Belfast
  • Rockland

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Maine

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Brewer 3,669 1.25%
2 Bangor 14,071 1.09%
3 Biddeford 8,899 1.08%
4 Portland 30,564 0.63%
5 Gardiner 2,447 0.57%
6 Auburn 10,262 0.51%
7 Waterville 7,195 0.44%
8 Saco 7,768 0.44%
9 South Portland 10,783 0.26%
10 Bath 3,961 0.0%
11 Calais 1,496 0.0%
12 Caribou 3,488 0.0%
13 Ellsworth 3,491 0.0%
14 Hallowell 1,099 0.0%
15 Lewiston 15,779 0.0%
16 Old Town 3,326 0.0%
17 Augusta 8,718 0.0%
18 Presque Isle 4,082 0.0%
19 Rockland 3,453 0.0%
20 Belfast 2,991 0.0%
21 Westbrook 8,031 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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