These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Michigan For 2019


We looked at years of data to determine which Michigan cities have the most pride

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in Michigan.

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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 0.3% of Michigan residents is gay? That ranks as the number 34 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 11,758 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 225 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Michigan for 2019:

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Photos)
  2. New Haven
  3. Lake Orion (Photos)
  4. Sandusky
  5. Marshall (Photos)
  6. Williamston
  7. Cedar Springs
  8. Potterville
  9. Norway (Photos)
  10. Essexville

According to the facts, Pleasant Ridge is the gayest place in Michigan 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 Michigan reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Michigan for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in Michigan, 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 225 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 5.58% 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.

Pleasant Ridge, MI

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Households: 1,058
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 59 (30th highest)
% Gay Households: 5.58% (1st highest)
More on Pleasant Ridge:  Data | Photos

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5
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Households: 1,487
Rank Last Year: 181 (Up 179)
Gay Households: 62 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 4.17% (2nd highest)
More on New Haven:  Data

Lake Orion, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 1,305
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 47 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.6% (3rd highest)
More on Lake Orion:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Households: 1,058
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 19 (74th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.8% (4th highest)
More on Sandusky:  Data

Marshall, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,215
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Gay Households: 57 (33rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.77% (5th highest)
More on Marshall:  Data | Photos

Marshall is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Battle Creek, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,088 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County. The town operates a student exchange program with its sister city, Kka, Japan.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,604
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 25)
Gay Households: 27 (60th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.68% (6th highest)
More on Williamston:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,269
Rank Last Year: 181 (Up 174)
Gay Households: 21 (70th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.65% (7th highest)
More on Cedar Springs:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,038
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 15 (85th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.45% (8th highest)
More on Potterville:  Data

Norway, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,469
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 19 (74th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.29% (9th highest)
More on Norway:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Households: 1,401
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 18 (76th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.28% (10th highest)
More on Essexville:  Data

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In Michigan For 2019

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:

  • Zeeland
  • Gaylord
  • Grosse Pointe Farms

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Michigan

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Pleasant Ridge 1,058 5.58%
2 New Haven 1,487 4.17%
3 Lake Orion 1,305 3.6%
4 Sandusky 1,058 1.8%
5 Marshall 3,215 1.77%
6 Williamston 1,604 1.68%
7 Cedar Springs 1,269 1.65%
8 Potterville 1,038 1.45%
9 Norway 1,469 1.29%
10 Essexville 1,401 1.28%
11 Huntington Woods 2,447 1.27%
12 Hazel Park 7,107 1.01%
13 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 1,196 1.0%
14 Oak Park 11,601 0.98%
15 Madison Heights 12,868 0.96%
16 Riverview 5,067 0.95%
17 Gibraltar 1,804 0.94%
18 Owosso 6,052 0.93%
19 Kentwood 20,368 0.87%
20 Montague 1,059 0.85%
21 Albion 2,940 0.82%
22 Three Rivers 3,008 0.8%
23 Belding 2,143 0.79%
24 Ann Arbor 47,524 0.78%
25 Grosse Pointe 2,212 0.77%
26 Rockwood 1,341 0.75%
27 Charlotte 3,635 0.74%
28 Mount Pleasant 8,027 0.74%
29 Tecumseh 3,558 0.7%
30 Lowell 1,470 0.68%
31 Farmington 4,717 0.68%
32 Kalamazoo 28,996 0.67%
33 Bay City 14,267 0.66%
34 Ypsilanti 7,865 0.65%
35 Gladwin 1,267 0.63%
36 Niles 4,611 0.63%
37 Wayne 6,622 0.62%
38 Ferndale 9,909 0.61%
39 Clawson 5,652 0.6%
40 Grand Rapids 73,434 0.59%
41 West Branch 1,027 0.58%
42 Ionia 2,783 0.57%
43 East Lansing 13,585 0.57%
44 Greenville 3,353 0.57%
45 Harper Woods 5,199 0.56%
46 Roseville 19,585 0.56%
47 Berkley 6,504 0.55%
48 Allegan 1,820 0.55%
49 Marine City 1,866 0.54%
50 Royal Oak 28,548 0.53%
51 Mount Clemens 6,785 0.52%
52 North Muskegon 1,577 0.51%
53 St. Joseph 4,176 0.5%
54 Birmingham 8,982 0.49%
55 Lincoln Park 14,408 0.49%
56 Jackson 12,798 0.45%
57 Wolverine Lake 1,822 0.44%
58 Mason 3,193 0.44%
59 Manistee 2,784 0.43%
60 Lansing 48,726 0.43%
61 Portage 19,552 0.41%
62 St. Clair Shores 26,763 0.41%
63 Fowlerville 1,235 0.4%
64 Chesaning 1,003 0.4%
65 Coldwater 4,317 0.39%
66 Grand Ledge 3,574 0.39%
67 Garden City 10,500 0.39%
68 St. Louis 1,308 0.38%
69 Grosse Pointe Park 4,238 0.38%
70 Traverse City 6,629 0.38%
71 Wyoming 27,915 0.37%
72 Reed City 1,105 0.36%
73 Eastpointe 12,539 0.36%
74 Dewitt 1,683 0.36%
75 Walker 10,078 0.35%
76 Auburn Hills 9,235 0.35%
77 Wayland 1,453 0.34%
78 Norton Shores 10,045 0.34%
79 Saginaw 19,778 0.33%
80 Flint 39,780 0.33%
81 Allen Park 10,928 0.32%
82 Westland 35,107 0.3%
83 Warren 53,436 0.3%
84 Fenton 5,113 0.29%
85 Livonia 37,186 0.29%
86 Flat Rock 3,558 0.28%
87 Taylor 23,666 0.28%
88 Rochester Hills 28,468 0.28%
89 Hillsdale 2,919 0.27%
90 Dearborn 30,814 0.26%
91 Detroit 258,471 0.26%
92 Milford 2,695 0.26%
93 Lathrup Village 1,541 0.26%
94 Grosse Pointe Woods 6,024 0.25%
95 Center Line 3,618 0.25%
96 Burton 11,663 0.25%
97 Inkster 9,348 0.25%
98 Battle Creek 20,606 0.24%
99 Troy 31,520 0.24%
100 St. Johns 3,078 0.23%

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