These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Minnesota


We looked at years of data to determine which Minnesota 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 0.49% of Minnesota residents is gay? That ranks 17 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 229 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Minnesota:

  1. Wabasha
  2. Sauk Rapids (Photos)
  3. Minneapolis (Photos)
  4. Golden Valley (Photos)
  5. Scandia
  6. Albertville (Photos)
  7. St. Peter (Photos)
  8. Ely
  9. Lauderdale
  10. Proctor

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 Minnesota.

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How do you determine the gayest city in Minnesota?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Minnesota, 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 229 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

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In the end, Wabasha ended up being the the most gay place with 3.19% 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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1. Wabasha

Wabasha, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,286
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 3.19%

2. Sauk Rapids

Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 5,090
Gay Households: 110
% Gay Households: 2.16%

3. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 166,824
Gay Households: 3,174
% Gay Households: 1.9%

4. Golden Valley

Golden Valley, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 8,467
Gay Households: 145
% Gay Households: 1.71%

5. Scandia

Scandia, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,500
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 1.67%

6. Albertville

Albertville, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,161
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 1.57%

7. St. Peter

St. Peter, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,550
Gay Households: 55
% Gay Households: 1.55%

8. Ely

Ely, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,661
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 1.44%

9. Lauderdale

Lauderdale, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,056
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 1.33%

10. Proctor

Proctor, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,291
Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 1.32%

There You Have It

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:

  1. Zumbrota
  2. Cold Spring
  3. New Ulm

For more Minnesota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Minnesota

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Wabasha 1 0.03% 1,286 4,100
Sauk Rapids 2 0.02% 5,090 11,000
Minneapolis 3 0.02% 166,824 317,400
Golden Valley 4 0.02% 8,467 14,500
Scandia 5 0.02% 1,500 2,500
Albertville 6 0.02% 2,161 3,400
St. Peter 7 0.02% 3,550 5,500
Ely 8 0.01% 1,661 2,400
Lauderdale 9 0.01% 1,056 1,400
Proctor 10 0.01% 1,291 1,700
Nowthen 11 0.01% 1,529 2,000
Newport 12 0.01% 1,374 1,800
Grant 13 0.01% 1,501 1,600
Crystal 14 0.01% 9,234 9,600
Robbinsdale 15 0.01% 5,977 6,100
Rockford 16 0.01% 1,526 1,500
St. Louis Park 17 0.01% 22,056 21,500
Alexandria 18 0.01% 5,530 5,300
St. Paul 19 0.01% 112,407 105,800
Brainerd 20 0.01% 5,929 5,600
Northfield 21 0.01% 6,227 5,800
Chanhassen 22 0.01% 8,531 7,400
Big Lake 23 0.01% 3,373 2,900
Watertown 24 0.01% 1,674 1,400
Arden Hills 25 0.01% 3,023 2,500
North St. Paul 26 0.01% 4,694 3,900
Minnetrista 27 0.01% 2,243 1,800
Hastings 28 0.01% 8,635 6,900
Jordan 29 0.01% 2,034 1,600
Olivia 30 0.01% 1,024 800
Brooklyn Park 31 0.01% 26,345 20,400
Roseville 32 0.01% 14,797 10,800
South St. Paul 33 0.01% 8,380 6,100
Pine City 34 0.01% 1,380 1,000
Eveleth 35 0.01% 1,698 1,200
Afton 36 0.01% 1,133 800
Slayton 37 0.01% 1,010 700
Plainview 38 0.01% 1,331 900
Duluth 39 0.01% 35,548 23,700
Bemidji 40 0.01% 5,711 3,800
Moorhead 41 0.01% 14,454 9,500
Ham Lake 42 0.01% 5,277 3,400
Bloomington 43 0.01% 36,608 22,400
Columbia Heights 44 0.01% 7,999 4,900
Prior Lake 45 0.01% 8,773 5,300
Granite Falls 46 0.01% 1,172 700
Apple Valley 47 0.01% 19,284 11,300
Owatonna 48 0.01% 10,214 5,900
Brooklyn Center 49 0.01% 11,135 6,500
Waite Park 50 0.01% 3,329 1,900
Oakdale 51 0.01% 10,859 6,100
Wayzata 52 0.01% 2,019 1,100
Deephaven 53 0.01% 1,302 700
Maplewood 54 0.01% 15,168 8,000
Farmington 55 0.01% 7,546 3,900
Thief River Falls 56 0.01% 3,820 1,900
Oak Park Heights 57 0.01% 1,992 1,000
Champlin 58 0.0% 8,800 4,300
Barnesville 59 0.0% 1,027 500
Hopkins 60 0.0% 7,956 3,700
Edina 61 0.0% 20,833 9,800
Orono 62 0.0% 3,195 1,500
Rochester 63 0.0% 43,651 20,200
Perham 64 0.0% 1,343 600
St. Cloud 65 0.0% 25,279 11,400
Richfield 66 0.0% 14,689 6,600
Stillwater 67 0.0% 7,138 3,000
Mendota Heights 68 0.0% 4,528 1,900
Faribault 69 0.0% 8,287 3,300
Eden Prairie 70 0.0% 24,088 9,500
Woodbury 71 0.0% 23,659 9,200
Blaine 72 0.0% 21,881 8,600
Montrose 73 0.0% 1,016 400
Eagan 74 0.0% 25,919 10,200
Spring Lake Park 75 0.0% 2,659 1,000
Winona 76 0.0% 10,219 3,800
Minnetonka 77 0.0% 22,306 8,300
Andover 78 0.0% 10,131 3,600
Waconia 79 0.0% 4,115 1,500
Hermantown 80 0.0% 3,452 1,200
Chaska 81 0.0% 9,084 3,200
St. Anthony 82 0.0% 3,678 1,300
Shakopee 83 0.0% 12,981 4,400
Fridley 84 0.0% 11,054 3,700
Savage 85 0.0% 9,316 3,000
Albert Lea 86 0.0% 8,041 2,500
International Falls 87 0.0% 2,933 900
North Branch 88 0.0% 3,700 1,100
Fairmont 89 0.0% 4,623 1,400
Forest Lake 90 0.0% 6,999 2,000
Maple Grove 91 0.0% 24,397 7,000
Pipestone 92 0.0% 1,858 500
Coon Rapids 93 0.0% 23,730 6,400
Cohasset 94 0.0% 1,131 300
Monticello 95 0.0% 4,693 1,200
White Bear Lake 96 0.0% 10,226 2,600
Plymouth 97 0.0% 29,597 7,100
Mounds View 98 0.0% 4,875 1,100
Baxter 99 0.0% 3,094 700
Austin 100 0.0% 9,903 2,200

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