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:
- Pleasant Ridge (Photos | Jobs)
- Lake Orion (Photos | Jobs)
- Wolverine Lake (Photos | Jobs)
- Sandusky (Jobs)
- Marshall (Photos | Jobs)
- Huntington Woods (Photos | Jobs)
- Oak Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Essexville (Jobs)
- Potterville (Jobs)
- 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
2. Lake Orion
3. Wolverine Lake
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
7. Oak Park
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.
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:
- Mount Morris
For more Michigan reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan
- 10 Most Dangerous Places in Michigan
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Michigan
|Rank||City||% Gay Households|
|24||Grosse Pointe Park||0.84%|
|29||Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores||0.78%|
|78||St. Clair Shores||0.4%|
|99||Grosse Pointe Woods||0.26%|