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
  2. Huntington Woods (Photos)
  3. East Tawas
  4. Fowlerville
  5. Sandusky
  6. Essexville
  7. Wolverine Lake
  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.

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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

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

2. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

3. East Tawas

East Tawas, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

4. Fowlerville

Fowlerville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

5. Sandusky

Source: Google Maps

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

6. Essexville

Essexville, Michigan

Source: Flickr

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

7. Wolverine Lake

Wolverine Lake, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

8. Ferndale

Ferndale, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

9. Marshall

Marshall, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

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

10. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 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 Households Gay Households
Pleasant Ridge 1 0.04% 1,138 4,700
Huntington Woods 2 0.03% 2,409 8,100
East Tawas 3 0.03% 1,293 3,600
Fowlerville 4 0.02% 1,186 2,300
Sandusky 5 0.02% 1,060 1,900
Essexville 6 0.02% 1,472 2,500
Wolverine Lake 7 0.02% 1,764 2,900
Ferndale 8 0.02% 9,381 15,300
Marshall 9 0.02% 3,027 4,900
Grosse Pointe Park 10 0.01% 4,329 6,200
Clawson 11 0.01% 5,417 7,500
Allegan 12 0.01% 2,067 2,600
Flat Rock 13 0.01% 3,608 4,500
Potterville 14 0.01% 1,051 1,300
Kalamazoo 15 0.01% 28,064 33,100
Lowell 16 0.01% 1,468 1,700
Ann Arbor 17 0.01% 46,497 52,400
Burton 18 0.01% 11,643 12,400
Oak Park 19 0.01% 11,385 12,100
Norway 20 0.01% 1,300 1,300
Belding 21 0.01% 2,100 2,100
Lathrup Village 22 0.01% 1,535 1,500
Cass City 23 0.01% 1,026 1,000
Owosso 24 0.01% 6,157 6,000
Royal Oak 25 0.01% 28,269 26,500
Brighton 26 0.01% 3,745 3,400
Greenville 27 0.01% 3,365 3,000
St. Louis 28 0.01% 1,475 1,300
Saline 29 0.01% 3,891 3,300
Cedar Springs 30 0.01% 1,297 1,100
Gladwin 31 0.01% 1,321 1,100
Rogers City 32 0.01% 1,379 1,100
Fenton 33 0.01% 4,763 3,800
Williamston 34 0.01% 1,503 1,200
Grand Rapids 35 0.01% 72,536 57,000
Frankenmuth 36 0.01% 2,307 1,800
Rockwood 37 0.01% 1,297 1,000
Harper Woods 38 0.01% 5,455 4,100
Ypsilanti 39 0.01% 7,853 5,800
Muskegon 40 0.01% 13,825 9,800
Hillsdale 41 0.01% 2,906 2,000
Three Rivers 42 0.01% 2,962 1,900
Lansing 43 0.01% 48,288 30,600
Northville 44 0.01% 2,547 1,600
Alpena 45 0.01% 4,623 2,900
Belleville 46 0.01% 1,587 1,000
Traverse City 47 0.01% 6,500 4,000
Hamtramck 48 0.01% 6,148 3,800
St. Joseph 49 0.01% 3,932 2,400
Birmingham 50 0.01% 8,733 5,200
Madison Heights 51 0.01% 12,945 7,400
Inkster 52 0.01% 9,466 5,400
Houghton 53 0.01% 2,481 1,400
Lincoln Park 54 0.01% 14,659 8,200
Dewitt 55 0.01% 1,770 1,000
St. Ignace 56 0.01% 1,126 600
Wyandotte 57 0.01% 10,611 5,500
Bay City 58 0.01% 14,134 7,300
Lake Orion 59 0.01% 1,343 700
Charlotte 60 0.01% 3,729 1,900
Walled Lake 61 0.01% 3,324 1,700
Beverly Hills 62 0.01% 4,032 2,000
Milford 63 0.01% 2,602 1,300
Hastings 64 0.01% 2,994 1,500
Southgate 65 0.0% 12,749 6,200
Mount Pleasant 66 0.0% 8,116 3,900
Roseville 67 0.0% 19,669 9,200
Reed City 68 0.0% 1,061 500
Dexter 69 0.0% 1,716 800
Ionia 70 0.0% 2,846 1,300
Taylor 71 0.0% 23,553 10,800
Portage 72 0.0% 19,293 8,700
Flint 73 0.0% 40,509 18,300
Port Huron 74 0.0% 12,106 5,500
East Lansing 75 0.0% 13,705 6,000
Walker 76 0.0% 10,149 4,400
St. Clair Shores 77 0.0% 26,663 11,400
Warren 78 0.0% 52,936 22,300
Grand Ledge 79 0.0% 3,324 1,400
Ludington 80 0.0% 3,598 1,500
Eastpointe 81 0.0% 12,399 5,000
Farmington Hills 82 0.0% 34,219 13,400
Marquette 83 0.0% 7,896 3,000
Wayne 84 0.0% 6,869 2,600
Davison 85 0.0% 2,370 900
Marine City 86 0.0% 1,828 700
Kentwood 87 0.0% 19,708 7,200
Negaunee 88 0.0% 1,909 700
Garden City 89 0.0% 10,279 3,700
Rochester 90 0.0% 5,488 2,000
Norton Shores 91 0.0% 10,061 3,600
Gladstone 92 0.0% 1,943 700
Pontiac 93 0.0% 23,238 7,900
Jackson 94 0.0% 12,851 4,400
Dearborn Heights 95 0.0% 20,984 6,900
Grosse Pointe 96 0.0% 2,120 700
Livonia 97 0.0% 37,262 12,000
Milan 98 0.0% 2,270 700
Midland 99 0.0% 17,603 5,500
Sterling Heights 100 0.0% 49,387 15,300
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