These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Maine For 2019


We looked at years of data to determine which Maine cities have the most pride.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth 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 0.49% of Maine residents is gay? That ranks as the number 2 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 2,700 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 2019:

  1. Portland (Photos)
  2. Biddeford (Photos)
  3. Bath (Photos)
  4. Ellsworth (Photos)
  5. Auburn (Photos)
  6. Brewer (Photos)
  7. Gardiner (Photos)
  8. Saco (Photos)
  9. Old Town (Photos)
  10. Augusta (Photos)

According to the facts, Portland is the gayest place in Maine 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 Maine reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Maine for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in Maine, 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 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 1.17% gay households.

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.

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Households: 30,167
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 352 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.17% (1st 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.

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 8,545
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 81 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.95% (2nd 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.

Bath, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 4,041
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 38 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.94% (3rd 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.

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,350
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 16)
Gay Households: 31 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.93% (4th highest)
More on Ellsworth:  Data | Photos

Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 9,916
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 77 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.78% (5th 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.

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 3,754
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Gay Households: 29 (13th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.77% (6th highest)
More on Brewer:  Data | Photos

Gardiner, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 2,353
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 18 (15th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.76% (7th 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.

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 7,712
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 56 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.73% (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.

Old Town, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 3,318
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 23 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.69% (9th highest)
More on Old Town:  Data | Photos

Old Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 8,544
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Gay Households: 56 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.66% (10th highest)
More on Augusta:  Data | Photos

Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In Maine For 2019

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:

  • Rockland
  • Hallowell
  • Caribou

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Maine

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Portland 30,167 1.17%
2 Biddeford 8,545 0.95%
3 Bath 4,041 0.94%
4 Ellsworth 3,350 0.93%
5 Auburn 9,916 0.78%
6 Brewer 3,754 0.77%
7 Gardiner 2,353 0.76%
8 Saco 7,712 0.73%
9 Old Town 3,318 0.69%
10 Augusta 8,544 0.66%
11 Lewiston 16,063 0.61%
12 Bangor 14,035 0.55%
13 Belfast 2,893 0.52%
14 Waterville 7,219 0.47%
15 Westbrook 8,054 0.37%
16 South Portland 10,663 0.36%
17 Presque Isle 4,102 0.27%
18 Calais 1,378 0.0%
19 Caribou 3,511 0.0%
20 Hallowell 1,127 0.0%
21 Rockland 3,567 0.0%

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