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 0.38% of Minnesota residents is gay? That ranks 19 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 226 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Minnesota:

  1. Newport (Jobs)
  2. Scandia (Jobs)
  3. Albertville (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Minneapolis (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Becker (Jobs)
  6. Pine Island (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Brainerd (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Grant (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Sauk Rapids (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Independence (Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Minnesota reading, check out:

1. Newport


Households: 1,377
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 2.47%
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2. Scandia


Households: 1,428
Gay Households: 31
% Gay Households: 2.17%
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3. Albertville

Albertville, Minnesota

Households: 2,451
Gay Households: 43
% Gay Households: 1.75%
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4. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Households: 169,803
Gay Households: 2,361
% Gay Households: 1.39%
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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.

5. Becker


Households: 1,616
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.24%
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6. Pine Island

Pine Island, Minnesota

Households: 1,336
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 1.2%
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7. Brainerd

Brainerd, Minnesota

Households: 5,872
Gay Households: 69
% Gay Households: 1.18%
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Coordinates: 462129N 941203W 46.35806; -94.20083

8. Grant

Grant, Minnesota

Households: 1,553
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 1.16%
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9. Sauk Rapids

Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Households: 5,269
Gay Households: 59
% Gay Households: 1.12%
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Sauk Rapids is a city in Benton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,773 at the 2010 census and is 13,631 according to 2016 census estimates. It is located on a set of rapids on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Sauk River.

10. Independence


Households: 1,287
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 1.01%
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How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Minnesota?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Minnesota, 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 226 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Newport ended up being the the most gay place with 2.47% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Minnesota

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. Mound

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Newport 2.47% 34 1,377
2 Scandia 2.17% 31 1,428
3 Albertville 1.75% 43 2,451
4 Minneapolis 1.39% 2,361 169,803
5 Becker 1.24% 20 1,616
6 Pine Island 1.2% 16 1,336
7 Brainerd 1.18% 69 5,872
8 Grant 1.16% 18 1,553
9 Sauk Rapids 1.12% 59 5,269
10 Independence 1.01% 13 1,287
11 Grand Rapids 0.99% 47 4,762
12 Rockford 0.98% 15 1,533
13 Arden Hills 0.96% 30 3,116
14 Wabasha 0.89% 11 1,232
15 Crystal 0.88% 83 9,461
16 Medina 0.87% 17 1,946
17 Robbinsdale 0.84% 51 6,107
18 Cannon Falls 0.83% 14 1,696
19 Baxter 0.82% 26 3,182
20 Minnetrista 0.81% 19 2,343
21 St. Paul 0.78% 876 112,571
22 Lauderdale 0.75% 9 1,205
23 South St. Paul 0.74% 61 8,247
24 Northfield 0.74% 47 6,361
25 Moorhead 0.72% 111 15,438
26 Orono 0.71% 22 3,112
27 Big Lake 0.71% 24 3,397
28 Delano 0.68% 14 2,046
29 Hopkins 0.68% 55 8,088
30 Roseville 0.65% 97 14,823
31 Maplewood 0.63% 95 15,153
32 Spring Lake Park 0.62% 17 2,728
33 Thief River Falls 0.62% 25 4,023
34 Barnesville 0.59% 6 1,022
35 Columbia Heights 0.55% 44 7,937
36 Champlin 0.53% 46 8,670
37 Bloomington 0.53% 192 36,213
38 Chanhassen 0.53% 46 8,700
39 North St. Paul 0.52% 25 4,800
40 Rosemount 0.51% 41 8,073
41 Owatonna 0.51% 52 10,276
42 Pine City 0.5% 7 1,398
43 Ely 0.49% 8 1,629
44 Wayzata 0.48% 10 2,081
45 Faribault 0.47% 39 8,376
46 Ham Lake 0.46% 25 5,384
47 Shoreview 0.46% 51 11,036
48 Oakdale 0.46% 52 11,274
49 Plainview 0.46% 6 1,305
50 Eden Prairie 0.44% 109 24,715
51 Afton 0.44% 5 1,143
52 Pipestone 0.43% 8 1,872
53 Osseo 0.42% 5 1,177
54 St. Anthony 0.42% 16 3,777
55 Edina 0.41% 88 21,325
56 Forest Lake 0.41% 29 7,090
57 Bemidji 0.41% 24 5,916
58 Alexandria 0.4% 25 6,204
59 Hermantown 0.4% 14 3,477
60 Andover 0.4% 41 10,308
61 Prior Lake 0.4% 36 9,093
62 Duluth 0.39% 140 35,729
63 St. Peter 0.38% 14 3,648
64 Mahtomedi 0.38% 11 2,891
65 Mendota Heights 0.37% 17 4,596
66 Montrose 0.37% 4 1,084
67 Apple Valley 0.36% 70 19,316
68 Mora 0.36% 5 1,395
69 Mankato 0.36% 56 15,741
70 Coon Rapids 0.34% 81 23,931
71 Paynesville 0.34% 4 1,184
72 Vadnais Heights 0.34% 19 5,653
73 Blaine 0.34% 76 22,615
74 Brooklyn Center 0.33% 37 11,045
75 St. Louis Park 0.33% 75 22,514
76 St. Cloud 0.33% 83 25,408
77 Maple Grove 0.33% 83 25,459
78 Woodbury 0.3% 74 24,283
79 Richfield 0.3% 44 14,888
80 Winona 0.29% 30 10,321
81 Hastings 0.29% 26 9,023
82 Farmington 0.29% 22 7,706
83 White Bear Lake 0.28% 29 10,279
84 Cottage Grove 0.28% 33 11,899
85 Rochester 0.27% 121 44,235
86 Cohasset 0.27% 3 1,105
87 Eagan 0.26% 68 26,119
88 Lakeville 0.26% 52 20,296
89 Chaska 0.25% 23 9,339
90 Elk River 0.24% 20 8,367
91 Fergus Falls 0.24% 14 5,895
92 Stillwater 0.23% 17 7,343
93 Albert Lea 0.23% 18 7,862
94 Golden Valley 0.22% 20 9,042
95 Brooklyn Park 0.22% 59 26,844
96 Burnsville 0.22% 53 24,595
97 Plymouth 0.2% 62 30,602
98 Virginia 0.2% 8 4,080
99 Waconia 0.19% 8 4,124
100 West St. Paul 0.19% 16 8,326

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