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 0.33% of Michigan residents is gay? That ranks 34 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 225 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Michigan:

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Lake Orion (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Wolverine Lake (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Sandusky (Jobs)
  5. Marshall (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Huntington Woods (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Oak Park (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Essexville (Jobs)
  9. Potterville (Jobs)
  10. Belding (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge, Michigan

Households: 1,111
Gay Households: 74
% Gay Households: 6.66%
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2. Lake Orion

Lake Orion, Michigan

Households: 1,275
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 2.04%
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3. Wolverine Lake

Wolverine Lake, Michigan

Households: 1,847
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 2.0%
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4. Sandusky


Households: 1,073
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 1.68%
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5. Marshall

Marshall, Michigan

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Households: 3,104
Gay Households: 50
% Gay Households: 1.61%
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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.

6. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Households: 2,424
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 1.53%
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7. Oak Park

Oak Park, Michigan

Households: 11,657
Gay Households: 172
% Gay Households: 1.48%
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Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of the city of Detroit, which is located in neighboring Wayne County, and part of its metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Oak Park is 29,319.

8. Essexville


Households: 1,392
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.44%
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9. Potterville


Households: 1,005
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 1.39%
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10. Belding

Belding, Michigan

Households: 2,100
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 1.33%
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Belding is a city in Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan, completely surrounded by Otisco Township, Michigan. The population was 5,757 at the 2010 census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Michigan, 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 225 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 6.66% 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.

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

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. Mount Morris
  3. Frankenmuth

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Michigan

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Pleasant Ridge 6.66% 74 1,111
2 Lake Orion 2.04% 26 1,275
3 Wolverine Lake 2.0% 37 1,847
4 Sandusky 1.68% 18 1,073
5 Marshall 1.61% 50 3,104
6 Huntington Woods 1.53% 37 2,424
7 Oak Park 1.48% 172 11,657
8 Essexville 1.44% 20 1,392
9 Potterville 1.39% 14 1,005
10 Belding 1.33% 28 2,100
11 Ferndale 1.3% 127 9,755
12 Norway 1.28% 18 1,411
13 St. Louis 1.21% 16 1,318
14 Riverview 1.02% 51 5,005
15 Lowell 0.97% 14 1,437
16 Ann Arbor 0.97% 457 47,248
17 Three Rivers 0.94% 27 2,879
18 Owosso 0.92% 56 6,115
19 Montague 0.89% 9 1,014
20 East Tawas 0.87% 11 1,269
21 Brighton 0.85% 31 3,641
22 Clawson 0.84% 47 5,564
23 Gibraltar 0.84% 15 1,791
24 Grosse Pointe Park 0.84% 35 4,191
25 Berkley 0.81% 53 6,528
26 Hazel Park 0.8% 57 7,115
27 Royal Oak 0.8% 227 28,526
28 Allegan 0.79% 15 1,890
29 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 0.78% 9 1,149
30 Birmingham 0.77% 69 8,935
31 Williamston 0.77% 12 1,562
32 Rockwood 0.75% 10 1,326
33 Kentwood 0.74% 147 19,965
34 Gladwin 0.7% 9 1,290
35 Grand Rapids 0.69% 502 73,068
36 St. Joseph 0.66% 27 4,085
37 Kalamazoo 0.65% 185 28,557
38 Wayland 0.65% 9 1,391
39 Mount Pleasant 0.64% 52 8,105
40 Fenton 0.64% 31 4,866
41 Madison Heights 0.63% 83 13,164
42 Ypsilanti 0.63% 50 7,987
43 East Lansing 0.62% 85 13,640
44 Wayne 0.62% 42 6,788
45 Farmington 0.6% 28 4,659
46 Dewitt 0.6% 10 1,670
47 Ionia 0.59% 17 2,862
48 Lansing 0.57% 275 48,459
49 Saline 0.55% 21 3,796
50 Marine City 0.55% 10 1,810
51 Greenville 0.54% 18 3,323
52 Hillsdale 0.53% 15 2,819
53 Bay City 0.52% 74 14,207
54 Jackson 0.51% 65 12,632
55 Milford 0.51% 14 2,734
56 Traverse City 0.5% 33 6,583
57 Mount Clemens 0.5% 34 6,790
58 Flat Rock 0.5% 18 3,602
59 North Muskegon 0.5% 8 1,606
60 Niles 0.49% 23 4,653
61 Grand Ledge 0.49% 18 3,649
62 Cadillac 0.49% 21 4,272
63 Charlotte 0.49% 18 3,700
64 West Branch 0.48% 5 1,032
65 Reed City 0.48% 5 1,046
66 Ludington 0.47% 17 3,600
67 Norton Shores 0.46% 46 10,024
68 Warren 0.46% 244 53,225
69 Burton 0.45% 52 11,581
70 Marquette 0.44% 34 7,646
71 Harper Woods 0.44% 23 5,177
72 Eastpointe 0.43% 53 12,323
73 Muskegon 0.43% 59 13,770
74 Tecumseh 0.41% 15 3,623
75 Wyandotte 0.41% 45 10,932
76 Coldwater 0.41% 17 4,160
77 Manistee 0.4% 11 2,718
78 St. Clair Shores 0.4% 107 26,717
79 Roseville 0.39% 76 19,690
80 Lincoln Park 0.38% 54 14,265
81 Flint 0.34% 137 40,046
82 Wyoming 0.34% 94 27,954
83 Mason 0.34% 11 3,279
84 Garden City 0.32% 33 10,292
85 Milan 0.32% 7 2,184
86 Livonia 0.31% 116 37,164
87 Dearborn 0.31% 96 31,279
88 Taylor 0.3% 72 23,825
89 Benton Harbor 0.3% 12 3,973
90 Dearborn Heights 0.3% 61 20,547
91 Saginaw 0.29% 57 19,429
92 Portage 0.29% 57 19,478
93 Detroit 0.29% 748 256,985
94 Romulus 0.29% 25 8,690
95 Rochester Hills 0.28% 80 28,171
96 Grosse Pointe 0.28% 6 2,164
97 Westland 0.27% 94 34,188
98 Albion 0.27% 8 2,936
99 Grosse Pointe Woods 0.26% 16 6,079
100 Lathrup Village 0.26% 4 1,553

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