These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Minnesota For 2019


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

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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 0.32% of Minnesota residents is gay? That ranks as the number 21 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 6,976 gay households in The North Star State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Minnesota.

After analyzing 231 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Minnesota for 2019:

  1. Newport
  2. Eagle Lake
  3. Otsego
  4. Albertville (Photos)
  5. Scandia
  6. Grand Rapids (Photos)
  7. Cambridge (Photos)
  8. Big Lake (Photos)
  9. Minneapolis (Photos)
  10. Pine Island (Photos)

According to the facts, Newport is the gayest place in Minnesota 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.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Minnesota, 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 231 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 3.01% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Minnesota. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

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6
/10

Households: 1,331
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 40 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.01% (1st highest)
More on Newport:  Data

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7
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Households: 1,034
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 19 (62nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.84% (2nd highest)
More on Eagle Lake:  Data

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6
/10

Households: 5,397
Rank Last Year: 171 (Up 168)
Gay Households: 76 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.41% (3rd highest)
More on Otsego:  Data

Otsego is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 13,571 at the 2010 census.

Albertville, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,519
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 35 (38th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.39% (4th highest)
More on Albertville:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Households: 1,415
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 19 (62nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.34% (5th highest)
More on Scandia:  Data

Grand Rapids, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 4,719
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 61 (19th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.29% (6th highest)
More on Grand Rapids:  Data | Photos

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

Cambridge, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 3,270
Rank Last Year: 171 (Up 164)
Gay Households: 41 (32nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.25% (7th highest)
More on Cambridge:  Data | Photos

Cambridge is a city in Isanti County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Minnesota State Highways 65 and 95. The population was 8,111 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Isanti County. It is located along the Rum River and the BNSF Railway. Cambridge is notable for having the highest percentage of Swedish Americans of any city in the United States with a population of over 5,000 people.

Big Lake, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 3,410
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 19)
Gay Households: 42 (31st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.23% (8th highest)
More on Big Lake:  Data | Photos

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 172,082
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Gay Households: 1,917 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.11% (9th highest)
More on Minneapolis:  Data | Photos

Minneapolis ) is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2016, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 413,651. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which together contain about 3.5 million people, the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.

Pine Island, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,346
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 14 (79th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.04% (10th highest)
More on Pine Island:  Data | Photos

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

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Minnesota, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Minnesota:

  • Zumbrota
  • La Crescent
  • Little Falls

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Minnesota

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Newport 1,331 3.01%
2 Eagle Lake 1,034 1.84%
3 Otsego 5,397 1.41%
4 Albertville 2,519 1.39%
5 Scandia 1,415 1.34%
6 Grand Rapids 4,719 1.29%
7 Cambridge 3,270 1.25%
8 Big Lake 3,410 1.23%
9 Minneapolis 172,082 1.11%
10 Pine Island 1,346 1.04%
11 Becker 1,743 1.03%
12 Sauk Rapids 5,414 1.02%
13 Independence 1,254 0.96%
14 Montrose 1,089 0.92%
15 Grant 1,530 0.92%
16 Arden Hills 3,138 0.8%
17 Medina 2,030 0.79%
18 Delano 2,163 0.79%
19 Minnetrista 2,420 0.79%
20 Baxter 3,154 0.76%
21 Goodview 1,718 0.76%
22 South St. Paul 8,086 0.75%
23 Orono 3,032 0.73%
24 Lauderdale 1,251 0.72%
25 Cannon Falls 1,756 0.68%
26 Pine City 1,346 0.67%
27 St. Paul 112,502 0.66%
28 Crystal 9,287 0.61%
29 Le Center 1,006 0.6%
30 St. Anthony 3,859 0.6%
31 Robbinsdale 6,245 0.59%
32 Oakdale 11,207 0.57%
33 Chanhassen 8,955 0.56%
34 Spring Lake Park 2,798 0.54%
35 North St. Paul 4,872 0.53%
36 Rosemount 8,298 0.52%
37 Wabasha 1,171 0.51%
38 Osseo 1,212 0.5%
39 Mora 1,442 0.49%
40 Northfield 6,393 0.48%
41 Bloomington 36,229 0.48%
42 Olivia 1,045 0.48%
43 St. Louis Park 22,998 0.48%
44 Pipestone 1,889 0.48%
45 Coon Rapids 23,781 0.47%
46 Chaska 9,478 0.46%
47 Richfield 14,976 0.45%
48 Duluth 36,003 0.43%
49 Faribault 8,434 0.43%
50 Forest Lake 7,332 0.42%
51 Paynesville 1,202 0.42%
52 Moorhead 15,725 0.41%
53 Farmington 7,781 0.41%
54 Columbia Heights 7,905 0.4%
55 Mahtomedi 2,982 0.4%
56 Maplewood 15,270 0.4%
57 Barnesville 1,007 0.4%
58 Minnetonka 23,044 0.39%
59 Shoreview 11,149 0.39%
60 Bemidji 5,983 0.38%
61 East Bethel 4,193 0.38%
62 Thief River Falls 3,948 0.38%
63 Cohasset 1,120 0.36%
64 Eden Prairie 25,101 0.35%
65 Anoka 7,060 0.35%
66 Afton 1,133 0.35%
67 Vadnais Heights 5,423 0.35%
68 Mankato 16,029 0.35%
69 Eagan 26,560 0.33%
70 Maple Grove 26,283 0.33%
71 Le Sueur 1,571 0.32%
72 St. Cloud 25,847 0.31%
73 Prior Lake 9,240 0.29%
74 Brooklyn Center 10,663 0.29%
75 Roseville 15,064 0.27%
76 Champlin 8,736 0.26%
77 Golden Valley 9,122 0.25%
78 Cottage Grove 12,011 0.25%
79 Plymouth 30,876 0.25%
80 Blaine 22,922 0.25%
81 Rochester 45,056 0.25%
82 Andover 10,513 0.24%
83 Shorewood 2,847 0.21%
84 Stillwater 7,339 0.2%
85 Elk River 8,321 0.2%
86 Burnsville 24,553 0.2%
87 Lakeville 20,825 0.19%
88 Brainerd 5,831 0.19%
89 White Bear Lake 10,678 0.19%
90 St. Peter 3,745 0.19%
91 Brooklyn Park 26,928 0.18%
92 Hopkins 8,285 0.18%
93 Apple Valley 19,238 0.18%
94 Cloquet 4,634 0.17%
95 Savage 10,115 0.17%
96 Owatonna 10,286 0.17%
97 Mounds View 4,952 0.16%
98 Lino Lakes 6,844 0.16%
99 Hastings 8,917 0.16%
100 Woodbury 24,443 0.14%

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