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 0.5% of Massachusetts residents is gay? That ranks 10 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 | Jobs)
  2. Medford (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Easthampton Town (Jobs)
  4. Somerville (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Beverly (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Westfield (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Cambridge (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Boston (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Melrose (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Revere (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Northampton

Northampton, Massachusetts

Households: 11,364
Gay Households: 193
% Gay Households: 1.7%
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The city of Northampton ) is the county seat of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of Northampton was 28,549.

2. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Households: 22,202
Gay Households: 272
% Gay Households: 1.23%
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Medford is a city 3.2 miles northwest of downtown Boston on the Mystic River in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. In the 2010 U.S. Census, Medford’s population was 56,173. It is home to Tufts University.

3. Easthampton Town

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Households: 7,222
Gay Households: 87
% Gay Households: 1.2%
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4. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

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Households: 32,229
Gay Households: 372
% Gay Households: 1.15%
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Somerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010, the United States Census lists the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010, it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the town was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award.

5. Beverly

Beverly, Massachusetts

Households: 16,229
Gay Households: 159
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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Coordinates: 423329N 705248W 42.558; -70.880

6. Westfield

Westfield, Massachusetts

Households: 15,112
Gay Households: 135
% Gay Households: 0.89%
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Westfield is a city in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, United States. Westfield was first settled in 1660. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 41,094 at the 2010 census.

7. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Households: 43,497
Gay Households: 367
% Gay Households: 0.84%
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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

8. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Households: 259,324
Gay Households: 2,121
% Gay Households: 0.82%
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Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

9. Melrose

Melrose, Massachusetts

Households: 11,385
Gay Households: 92
% Gay Households: 0.81%
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Melrose is a city located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Its population as per the 2010 United States Census is 26,983. It is a suburb located approximately seven miles north of Boston and is situated in the center of the triangle created by Interstates 93, 95 and US Route 1.

10. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Households: 20,232
Gay Households: 155
% Gay Households: 0.77%
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Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles from downtown Boston. It is named after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Massachusetts, 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 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 1.7% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Massachusetts

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. Everett
  3. Braintree Town

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Northampton 1.7% 193 11,364
2 Medford 1.23% 272 22,202
3 Easthampton Town 1.2% 87 7,222
4 Somerville 1.15% 372 32,229
5 Beverly 0.98% 159 16,229
6 Westfield 0.89% 135 15,112
7 Cambridge 0.84% 367 43,497
8 Boston 0.82% 2,121 259,324
9 Melrose 0.81% 92 11,385
10 Revere 0.77% 155 20,232
11 Haverhill 0.74% 175 23,781
12 Fall River 0.74% 282 38,366
13 Watertown Town 0.73% 108 14,726
14 Holyoke 0.61% 91 15,005
15 Pittsfield 0.59% 114 19,166
16 Salem 0.59% 107 18,070
17 Greenfield Town 0.57% 44 7,729
18 Chelsea 0.56% 69 12,403
19 Gardner 0.55% 45 8,215
20 Weymouth Town 0.53% 122 22,891
21 Malden 0.52% 119 23,087
22 Lowell 0.51% 199 38,735
23 Palmer Town 0.5% 24 4,823
24 Taunton 0.49% 110 22,307
25 Leominster 0.49% 82 16,716
26 Barnstable Town 0.49% 92 18,953
27 Quincy 0.48% 191 39,823
28 Methuen Town 0.47% 82 17,394
29 Worcester 0.47% 324 69,204
30 Gloucester 0.47% 59 12,619
31 Lynn 0.47% 150 32,242
32 Newburyport 0.4% 31 7,742
33 New Bedford 0.39% 154 39,254
34 Waltham 0.38% 91 23,646
35 Attleboro 0.36% 61 16,801
36 Marlborough 0.34% 53 15,442
37 Newton 0.33% 102 30,898
38 Chicopee 0.32% 74 22,988
39 Woburn 0.31% 46 14,952
40 Agawam Town 0.28% 33 11,621
41 West Springfield Town 0.28% 33 11,630
42 Lawrence 0.26% 66 25,759
43 Southbridge Town 0.22% 15 6,835
44 Brockton 0.22% 70 31,991
45 Amesbury Town 0.2% 14 6,970
46 Springfield 0.2% 110 55,921
47 Peabody 0.2% 42 21,504
48 Fitchburg 0.19% 28 14,714
49 Winthrop Town 0.16% 12 7,699
50 North Adams 0.12% 7 5,913
51 Braintree Town 0.12% 16 13,767
52 Everett 0.09% 14 15,269
53 Franklin Town 0.0% 0 11,191

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