These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Massachusetts


We looked at years of data to determine which Massachusetts 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 0.65% of Massachusetts residents is gay? That ranks 4 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Bay State.

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

After analyzing 53 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Massachusetts:

  1. Northampton (Photos)
  2. Westfield (Photos)
  3. Medford (Photos)
  4. Greenfield Town
  5. Marlborough (Photos)
  6. Salem (Photos)
  7. Easthampton Town
  8. Palmer Town (Photos)
  9. Beverly (Photos)
  10. Somerville (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in Massachusetts.

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How do you determine the gayest city in Massachusetts?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Massachusetts, we used the 2009-2014 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 53 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Northampton ended up being the the most gay place with 3.87% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Massachusetts. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

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1. Northampton

Northampton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,637
Gay Households: 450
% Gay Households: 3.87%

2. Westfield

Westfield, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,909
Gay Households: 213
% Gay Households: 1.43%

3. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,126
Gay Households: 293
% Gay Households: 1.32%

4. Greenfield Town

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,710
Gay Households: 96
% Gay Households: 1.25%

5. Marlborough

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,740
Gay Households: 192
% Gay Households: 1.22%

6. Salem

Salem, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,148
Gay Households: 221
% Gay Households: 1.22%

7. Easthampton Town

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,359
Gay Households: 90
% Gay Households: 1.22%

8. Palmer Town

Palmer Town, Massachusetts

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,872
Gay Households: 54
% Gay Households: 1.11%

9. Beverly

Beverly, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,925
Gay Households: 176
% Gay Households: 1.11%

10. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,784
Gay Households: 349
% Gay Households: 1.1%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Franklin Town
  2. Winthrop Town
  3. Everett

For more Massachusetts reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Northampton 1 0.04% 450 11,637
Westfield 2 0.01% 213 14,909
Medford 3 0.01% 293 22,126
Greenfield Town 4 0.01% 96 7,710
Marlborough 5 0.01% 192 15,740
Salem 6 0.01% 221 18,148
Easthampton Town 7 0.01% 90 7,359
Palmer Town 8 0.01% 54 4,872
Beverly 9 0.01% 176 15,925
Somerville 10 0.01% 349 31,784
Boston 11 0.01% 2,765 251,212
Cambridge 12 0.01% 445 44,013
Amesbury Town 13 0.01% 58 6,812
Weymouth Town 14 0.01% 182 22,559
Holyoke 15 0.01% 127 15,599
Revere 16 0.01% 159 20,110
Malden 17 0.01% 180 22,851
Gardner 18 0.01% 61 8,132
Waltham 19 0.01% 177 23,873
Haverhill 20 0.01% 172 23,529
Newton 21 0.01% 229 31,175
Melrose 22 0.01% 82 11,304
Watertown Town 23 0.01% 97 14,449
Barnstable Town 24 0.01% 129 19,262
Taunton 25 0.01% 144 21,859
Pittsfield 26 0.01% 128 19,541
Worcester 27 0.01% 435 68,000
Newburyport 28 0.01% 46 7,395
Chelsea 29 0.01% 74 11,862
Lawrence 30 0.01% 159 26,328
Methuen Town 31 0.01% 102 17,584
Woburn 32 0.0% 70 14,914
Lowell 33 0.0% 179 38,639
Quincy 34 0.0% 182 39,643
New Bedford 35 0.0% 175 39,088
Leominster 36 0.0% 75 16,751
Fall River 37 0.0% 175 38,655
Agawam Town 38 0.0% 51 11,495
Lynn 39 0.0% 142 32,764
Braintree Town 40 0.0% 55 13,226
Attleboro 41 0.0% 68 16,619
Fitchburg 42 0.0% 59 14,782
Springfield 43 0.0% 221 56,130
Gloucester 44 0.0% 40 12,201
Chicopee 45 0.0% 76 22,921
North Adams 46 0.0% 20 6,069
West Springfield Town 47 0.0% 38 11,400
Brockton 48 0.0% 79 32,966
Peabody 49 0.0% 41 21,686
Southbridge Town 50 0.0% 11 6,642
Everett 51 0.0% 22 15,350
Winthrop Town 52 0.0% 10 7,447
Franklin Town 53 0.0% 1 10,992

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