Gayest Places In Michigan For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 0.24% of Michigan residents is gay? That ranks as the number 32 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 11,098 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 226 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Michigan for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Michigan For 2020

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Photos)
  2. Norway (Photos)
  3. Lake Orion (Photos)
  4. Bridgman
  5. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Photos)
  6. Kalkaska
  7. Williamston
  8. Belding (Photos)
  9. West Branch (Photos)
  10. Rockwood (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Michigan? According to the facts, Pleasant Ridge is the gayest place in Michigan for 2020.

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:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Michigan For 2020

Pleasant Ridge, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Households: 1,035
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 61 (27th highest)
% Gay Households: 6.57% (1st highest)
More on Pleasant Ridge:  Data | Photos

Norway, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,447
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 32 (56th highest)
% Gay Households: 4.42% (2nd highest)
More on Norway:  Data | Photos

Lake Orion, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Households: 1,345
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 39 (47th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.97% (3rd highest)
More on Lake Orion:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,051
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 14 (86th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.66% (4th highest)
More on Bridgman:  Data

Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 1,165
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 14 (86th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.4% (5th highest)
More on Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,023
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 9 (106th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.76% (6th highest)
More on Kalkaska:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,662
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Gay Households: 24 (66th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.56% (7th highest)
More on Williamston:  Data

Belding, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,200
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 21)
Gay Households: 28 (61st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.45% (8th highest)
More on Belding:  Data | Photos

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.

West Branch, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,028
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 7 (116th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.36% (9th highest)
More on West Branch:  Data | Photos

Rockwood, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,373
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 9 (106th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.31% (10th highest)
More on Rockwood:  Data | Photos

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Michigan for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in Michigan, we used the 2014-2018 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 226 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 6.57% gay households. You can download the data here.

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 For 2020

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
  • Grosse Pointe Park
  • Houghton

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Michigan

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Pleasant Ridge 1,035 6.57%
2 Norway 1,447 4.42%
3 Lake Orion 1,345 2.97%
4 Bridgman 1,051 2.66%
5 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 1,165 2.4%
6 Kalkaska 1,023 1.76%
7 Williamston 1,662 1.56%
8 Belding 2,200 1.45%
9 West Branch 1,028 1.36%
10 Rockwood 1,373 1.31%
11 Wayland 1,562 1.28%
12 Oak Park 12,088 1.27%
13 Fowlerville 1,278 1.25%
14 Huntington Woods 2,328 1.2%
15 Benton Harbor 4,189 1.19%
16 Grosse Pointe 2,150 1.12%
17 Bloomfield Hills 1,313 1.07%
18 Lowell 1,508 1.06%
19 Owosso 6,014 1.03%
20 Ishpeming 2,797 0.93%
21 East Lansing 13,461 0.92%
22 Greenville 3,483 0.92%
23 Gibraltar 1,769 0.9%
24 Bay City 13,880 0.89%
25 Ann Arbor 47,791 0.88%
26 Marine City 1,832 0.87%
27 Mount Clemens 6,814 0.85%
28 Grand Rapids 74,202 0.77%
29 Sandusky 1,041 0.77%
30 Lathrup Village 1,586 0.76%
31 Hazel Park 7,244 0.75%
32 Manistee 2,684 0.75%
33 Berkley 6,643 0.69%
34 St. Joseph 4,204 0.62%
35 Marshall 3,294 0.61%
36 Birmingham 9,117 0.59%
37 Flint 40,035 0.55%
38 Charlotte 3,675 0.54%
39 Lansing 48,926 0.54%
40 Fenton 5,247 0.53%
41 Hamtramck 6,120 0.52%
42 Tecumseh 3,630 0.5%
43 Harper Woods 5,339 0.49%
44 Mount Pleasant 7,911 0.46%
45 St. Clair Shores 26,639 0.44%
46 Midland 17,552 0.43%
47 Rochester Hills 28,779 0.43%
48 Grand Ledge 3,576 0.39%
49 Wayne 6,675 0.39%
50 East Jordan 1,029 0.39%
51 Ypsilanti 7,784 0.39%
52 Ferndale 10,195 0.37%
53 Dearborn 30,897 0.36%
54 Kentwood 20,343 0.34%
55 Portage 19,649 0.32%
56 Roseville 19,912 0.31%
57 Alpena 4,507 0.31%
58 Garden City 10,681 0.3%
59 Royal Oak 28,467 0.29%
60 Norton Shores 9,929 0.28%
61 Wyoming 27,731 0.27%
62 Jackson 13,123 0.26%
63 Allen Park 10,819 0.26%
64 Troy 31,368 0.26%
65 Southfield 32,235 0.25%
66 Kalamazoo 28,665 0.25%
67 Livonia 37,107 0.25%
68 Escanaba 5,754 0.24%
69 Port Huron 12,381 0.24%
70 Novi 23,117 0.23%
71 Farmington Hills 33,957 0.21%
72 Fraser 6,043 0.2%
73 Romulus 8,533 0.19%
74 Warren 53,674 0.17%
75 Detroit 260,383 0.16%
76 Burton 11,509 0.16%
77 Muskegon 13,941 0.14%
78 Taylor 23,706 0.14%
79 Madison Heights 12,816 0.14%
80 Pontiac 23,143 0.12%
81 Westland 35,144 0.11%
82 Lincoln Park 14,265 0.11%
83 Saginaw 19,682 0.11%
84 Marquette 7,607 0.11%
85 Sterling Heights 50,023 0.1%
86 Dearborn Heights 20,428 0.1%
87 Wyandotte 11,166 0.09%
88 Battle Creek 20,697 0.08%
89 Wixom 6,229 0.0%
90 Muskegon Heights 3,981 0.0%
91 Otsego 1,670 0.0%
92 Trenton 7,860 0.0%
93 Utica 2,262 0.0%
94 Vassar 1,053 0.0%
95 Negaunee 1,849 0.0%
96 Vicksburg 1,254 0.0%
97 New Baltimore 4,705 0.0%
98 New Haven 1,547 0.0%
99 Niles 4,670 0.0%
100 North Muskegon 1,553 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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