These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Maryland


We looked at years of data to determine which Maryland 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 0.38% of Maryland residents is gay? That ranks 20 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Old Line State.

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

After analyzing 62 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Maryland:

  1. Berlin (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Thurmont (Photos | Jobs)
  3. College Park (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Takoma Park (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Cheverly (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Taneytown (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Hagerstown (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Frostburg (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Chesapeake Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Havre De Grace (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Berlin

Berlin, Maryland

Households: 1,696
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 1.47%
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2. Thurmont

Thurmont, Maryland

Households: 2,533
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 1.42%
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Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County, approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn.

3. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Households: 7,096
Gay Households: 89
% Gay Households: 1.25%
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The City of College Park is in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the “Archives II” facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

4. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Households: 6,498
Gay Households: 64
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called “Azalea City”, is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city’s population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

5. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

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Households: 2,353
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 0.93%
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Cheverly is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.

6. Taneytown

Taneytown, Maryland

Households: 2,569
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 0.9%
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Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, “Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.” Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

7. Hagerstown

Hagerstown, Maryland

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Households: 16,332
Gay Households: 143
% Gay Households: 0.88%
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Hagerstown is a city in Washington County, Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Washington County. The population of Hagerstown city proper at the 2010 census was 39,662, and the population of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area was 269,140. Hagerstown ranks as Maryland’s sixth largest incorporated city.

8. Frostburg

Frostburg, Maryland

Households: 3,058
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 0.85%
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Frostburg is a city in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, and is at the head of the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,002 at the 2010 census. Located 8 miles west of Cumberland, the town is one of the first cities on the “National Road”, US 40, and the western terminus of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Since 1973, the city has been served by what is now Interstate 68.

9. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Households: 1,985
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 0.81%
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Chesapeake Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland. Its major attractions include the Chesapeake Beach Railway Station, the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, a water park, marinas, piers, and charter boat fishing. The town’s population was recorded as 5,753 in the 2010 census.

10. Havre De Grace

Havre De Grace, Maryland

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Households: 5,653
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 0.8%
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Havre de Grace , abbreviated HdG, is a city in Harford County, Maryland, situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. It is named after the port city of Le Havre, France, which in full was once Le Havre de Grce. The population was 12,952 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was honored as one of America’s 20 best small towns to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian magazine.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Maryland, 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 62 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Berlin ended up being the the most gay place with 1.47% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Capitol Heights
  2. North East
  3. Delmar

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Maryland

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Berlin 1.47% 25 1,696
2 Thurmont 1.42% 36 2,533
3 College Park 1.25% 89 7,096
4 Takoma Park 0.98% 64 6,498
5 Cheverly 0.93% 22 2,353
6 Taneytown 0.9% 23 2,569
7 Hagerstown 0.88% 143 16,332
8 Frostburg 0.85% 26 3,058
9 Chesapeake Beach 0.81% 16 1,985
10 Havre De Grace 0.8% 45 5,653
11 Cheste 0.75% 15 2,000
12 Indian Head 0.73% 10 1,366
13 Denton 0.62% 10 1,607
14 Rockville 0.61% 151 24,816
15 Baltimore 0.57% 1,390 242,416
16 District Heights 0.56% 11 1,972
17 Bowie 0.54% 110 20,314
18 Sykesville 0.53% 8 1,513
19 New Carrollton 0.52% 22 4,235
20 Fruitland 0.5% 9 1,796
21 Salisbury 0.43% 52 12,047
22 Frederick 0.43% 114 26,734
23 Greenbelt 0.39% 36 9,272
24 Cumberland 0.34% 30 8,756
25 Aberdeen 0.3% 19 6,271
26 Bel Air 0.3% 14 4,649
27 Cambridge 0.27% 14 5,113
28 Gaithersburg 0.26% 62 23,848
29 Mount Airy 0.26% 8 3,130
30 Easton 0.25% 19 7,615
31 Westminster 0.25% 18 7,328
32 Bladensburg 0.23% 8 3,499
33 Hyattsville 0.21% 14 6,535
34 Annapolis 0.21% 33 15,892
35 Mount Rainier 0.15% 5 3,397
36 Laurel 0.1% 10 10,175
37 Pocomoke City 0.0% 0 1,600
38 Poolesville 0.0% 0 1,544
39 Princess Anne 0.0% 0 1,478
40 Brunswick 0.0% 0 2,266
41 Perryville 0.0% 0 1,820
42 Seat Pleasant 0.0% 0 1,569
43 Smithsburg 0.0% 0 1,020
44 Boonsboro 0.0% 0 1,453
45 Riverdale Park 0.0% 0 1,978
46 Ocean City 0.0% 0 3,435
47 Elkton 0.0% 0 5,588
48 North Beach 0.0% 0 1,083
49 Emmitsburg 0.0% 0 1,052
50 Middl 0.0% 0 1,450
51 Manchester 0.0% 0 1,683
52 Leonar 0.0% 0 1,230
53 La Plata 0.0% 0 2,965
54 Centreville 0.0% 0 1,610
55 Chevy Chase 0.0% 0 1,038
56 Hampstead 0.0% 0 2,316
57 Crisfield 0.0% 0 1,061
58 Walkersville 0.0% 0 2,140
59 Glenarden 0.0% 0 2,145
60 Delmar 0.0% 0 1,254
61 North East 0.0% 0 1,606
62 Capitol Heights 0.0% 0 1,405

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