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 0.4% of Massachusetts residents is gay? That ranks as the number 13 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 10,288 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 for 2019:
- Northampton (Photos)
- Easthampton Town
- Cambridge (Photos)
- Somerville (Photos)
- Fall River (Photos)
- Westfield (Photos)
- Medford (Photos)
- Boston (Photos)
- Salem (Photos)
- Pittsfield (Photos)
According to the facts, Northampton is the gayest place in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Massachusetts
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Massachusetts
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts
How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Massachusetts for 2019
In order to rank the gayest cities in Massachusetts, 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 53 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 1.04% 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.
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.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 71 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.99% (2nd highest)
More on Easthampton Town: Data
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.
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.
Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. Fall River’s population was 88,857 at the 2010 census, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.
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.
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.
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.
Salem is a coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States, located on Massachusetts’ North Shore. It is a New England bedrock of history and is considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history.
Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the third largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield and Chicopee.
There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In Massachusetts For 2019
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:
- Palmer Town
- Winthrop Town
- Franklin Town
For more Massachusetts reading, check out:
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- 10 Safest Places In Massachusetts
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Massachusetts
Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Massachusetts
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