These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Michigan


We looked at years of data to determine which Michigan 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 0.37% of Michigan residents is gay? That ranks 35 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Wolverine State.

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

After analyzing 223 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Michigan:

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Photos)
  2. Huntington Woods (Photos)
  3. East Tawas (Photos)
  4. Fowlerville (Photos)
  5. Sandusky
  6. Essexville
  7. Wolverine Lake (Photos)
  8. Ferndale (Photos)
  9. Marshall (Photos)
  10. Grosse Pointe Park (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 Michigan.

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How do you determine the gayest city in Michigan?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Michigan, 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 223 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Pleasant Ridge ended up being the the most gay place with 4.13% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Michigan. 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. Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,138
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 4.13%

2. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,409
Gay Households: 81
% Gay Households: 3.36%

3. East Tawas

East Tawas, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,293
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 2.78%

4. Fowlerville

Fowlerville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,186
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.94%

5. Sandusky


Population: 1,060
Gay Households: 19
% Gay Households: 1.79%

6. Essexville


Population: 1,472
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 1.7%

7. Wolverine Lake

Wolverine Lake, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,764
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 1.64%

8. Ferndale

Ferndale, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,381
Gay Households: 153
% Gay Households: 1.63%

9. Marshall

Marshall, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,027
Gay Households: 49
% Gay Households: 1.62%

10. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,329
Gay Households: 62
% Gay Households: 1.43%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Zeeland
  2. New Baltimore
  3. North Muskegon

For more Michigan reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Michigan

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Pleasant Ridge 1 0.04% 47 1,138
Huntington Woods 2 0.03% 81 2,409
East Tawas 3 0.03% 36 1,293
Fowlerville 4 0.02% 23 1,186
Sandusky 5 0.02% 19 1,060
Essexville 6 0.02% 25 1,472
Wolverine Lake 7 0.02% 29 1,764
Ferndale 8 0.02% 153 9,381
Marshall 9 0.02% 49 3,027
Grosse Pointe Park 10 0.01% 62 4,329
Clawson 11 0.01% 75 5,417
Allegan 12 0.01% 26 2,067
Flat Rock 13 0.01% 45 3,608
Potterville 14 0.01% 13 1,051
Kalamazoo 15 0.01% 331 28,064
Lowell 16 0.01% 17 1,468
Ann Arbor 17 0.01% 524 46,497
Burton 18 0.01% 124 11,643
Oak Park 19 0.01% 121 11,385
Norway 20 0.01% 13 1,300
Belding 21 0.01% 21 2,100
Lathrup Village 22 0.01% 15 1,535
Cass City 23 0.01% 10 1,026
Owosso 24 0.01% 60 6,157
Royal Oak 25 0.01% 265 28,269
Brighton 26 0.01% 34 3,745
Greenville 27 0.01% 30 3,365
St. Louis 28 0.01% 13 1,475
Saline 29 0.01% 33 3,891
Cedar Springs 30 0.01% 11 1,297
Gladwin 31 0.01% 11 1,321
Rogers City 32 0.01% 11 1,379
Fenton 33 0.01% 38 4,763
Williamston 34 0.01% 12 1,503
Grand Rapids 35 0.01% 570 72,536
Frankenmuth 36 0.01% 18 2,307
Rockwood 37 0.01% 10 1,297
Harper Woods 38 0.01% 41 5,455
Ypsilanti 39 0.01% 58 7,853
Muskegon 40 0.01% 98 13,825
Hillsdale 41 0.01% 20 2,906
Three Rivers 42 0.01% 19 2,962
Lansing 43 0.01% 306 48,288
Northville 44 0.01% 16 2,547
Alpena 45 0.01% 29 4,623
Belleville 46 0.01% 10 1,587
Traverse City 47 0.01% 40 6,500
Hamtramck 48 0.01% 38 6,148
St. Joseph 49 0.01% 24 3,932
Birmingham 50 0.01% 52 8,733
Madison Heights 51 0.01% 74 12,945
Inkster 52 0.01% 54 9,466
Houghton 53 0.01% 14 2,481
Lincoln Park 54 0.01% 82 14,659
Dewitt 55 0.01% 10 1,770
St. Ignace 56 0.01% 6 1,126
Wyandotte 57 0.01% 55 10,611
Bay City 58 0.01% 73 14,134
Lake Orion 59 0.01% 7 1,343
Charlotte 60 0.01% 19 3,729
Walled Lake 61 0.01% 17 3,324
Beverly Hills 62 0.01% 20 4,032
Milford 63 0.01% 13 2,602
Hastings 64 0.01% 15 2,994
Southgate 65 0.0% 62 12,749
Mount Pleasant 66 0.0% 39 8,116
Roseville 67 0.0% 92 19,669
Reed City 68 0.0% 5 1,061
Dexter 69 0.0% 8 1,716
Ionia 70 0.0% 13 2,846
Taylor 71 0.0% 108 23,553
Portage 72 0.0% 87 19,293
Flint 73 0.0% 183 40,509
Port Huron 74 0.0% 55 12,106
East Lansing 75 0.0% 60 13,705
Walker 76 0.0% 44 10,149
St. Clair Shores 77 0.0% 114 26,663
Warren 78 0.0% 223 52,936
Grand Ledge 79 0.0% 14 3,324
Ludington 80 0.0% 15 3,598
Eastpointe 81 0.0% 50 12,399
Farmington Hills 82 0.0% 134 34,219
Marquette 83 0.0% 30 7,896
Wayne 84 0.0% 26 6,869
Davison 85 0.0% 9 2,370
Marine City 86 0.0% 7 1,828
Kentwood 87 0.0% 72 19,708
Negaunee 88 0.0% 7 1,909
Garden City 89 0.0% 37 10,279
Rochester 90 0.0% 20 5,488
Norton Shores 91 0.0% 36 10,061
Gladstone 92 0.0% 7 1,943
Pontiac 93 0.0% 79 23,238
Jackson 94 0.0% 44 12,851
Dearborn Heights 95 0.0% 69 20,984
Grosse Pointe 96 0.0% 7 2,120
Livonia 97 0.0% 120 37,262
Milan 98 0.0% 7 2,270
Midland 99 0.0% 55 17,603
Sterling Heights 100 0.0% 153 49,387

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