These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Mississippi


We looked at years of data to determine which Mississippi 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 0.22% of Mississippi residents is gay? That ranks 48 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Magnolia State.

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

After analyzing 82 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Mississippi:

  1. Baldwyn (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Byram (Jobs)
  3. Flowood (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Pass Christian (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Southaven (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Ellisville (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Long Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Hernando (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Cleveland (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Water Valley (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Baldwyn

Baldwyn, Mississippi

Households: 1,360
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 1.84%
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2. Byram


Households: 4,298
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.23%
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Byram is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 11,489 as of the 2010 census, up from 7,386 at the 2000 census, at which time it was an unincorporated census-designated place. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated for a second time in its history on June 16, 2009.

3. Flowood

Flowood, Mississippi

Households: 3,823
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 0.97%
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Flowood is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 7,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Pass Christian

Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Households: 2,009
Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.85%
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Pass Christian, nicknamed The Pass, is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,613 at the 2010 census.

5. Southaven

Southaven, Mississippi

Households: 18,381
Gay Households: 143
% Gay Households: 0.78%
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Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States. It is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and a principal city in the Memphis metropolitan area. The 2010 census reported a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third-largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway. The city’s name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis.

6. Ellisville

Ellisville, Mississippi

Households: 1,303
Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.77%
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7. Long Beach

Long Beach, Mississippi

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Households: 5,935
Gay Households: 40
% Gay Households: 0.67%
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Long Beach is a city located in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,792.

8. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Households: 5,420
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 0.54%
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Hernando is a city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, which is on the northwest border of Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,090 at the 2010 census, up from 6,812 in 2000. DeSoto County is the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area.

9. Cleveland

Cleveland, Mississippi

Households: 4,803
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 0.52%
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Cleveland is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 12,334 as of the 2010 United States Census.

10. Water Valley

Water Valley, Mississippi

Households: 1,371
Gay Households: 7
% Gay Households: 0.51%
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How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Mississippi?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Mississippi, 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 82 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Baldwyn ended up being the the most gay place with 1.84% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Mississippi. 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 Mississippi

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

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

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Iuka
  3. Natchez

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Baldwyn 1.84% 25 1,360
2 Byram 1.23% 53 4,298
3 Flowood 0.97% 37 3,823
4 Pass Christian 0.85% 17 2,009
5 Southaven 0.78% 143 18,381
6 Ellisville 0.77% 10 1,303
7 Long Beach 0.67% 40 5,935
8 Hernando 0.54% 29 5,420
9 Cleveland 0.52% 25 4,803
10 Water Valley 0.51% 7 1,371
11 Ocean Springs 0.5% 33 6,591
12 Vicksburg 0.45% 42 9,287
13 Verona 0.45% 6 1,336
14 Leland 0.43% 7 1,614
15 Yazoo City 0.35% 14 4,003
16 Gulfport 0.35% 99 28,650
17 Ridgeland 0.34% 34 10,115
18 Brandon 0.33% 28 8,359
19 Hattiesburg 0.33% 60 17,933
20 Jackson 0.31% 197 63,467
21 Biloxi 0.28% 49 17,685
22 Corinth 0.28% 17 6,137
23 Olive Branch 0.23% 30 13,117
24 Indianola 0.22% 8 3,569
25 Gautier 0.2% 14 6,877
26 Tupelo 0.2% 29 14,811
27 Oxford 0.19% 17 8,946
28 Greenville 0.19% 23 12,176
29 Horn Lake 0.19% 18 9,565
30 Petal 0.18% 7 3,849
31 Amory 0.18% 5 2,778
32 Bay St. Louis 0.17% 8 4,726
33 Mccomb 0.17% 8 4,828
34 Laurel 0.13% 9 7,009
35 New Albany 0.12% 4 3,252
36 Clinton 0.12% 11 9,015
37 Pearl 0.11% 12 10,444
38 Starkville 0.11% 11 9,672
39 Brookhaven 0.11% 5 4,539
40 Greenwood 0.11% 6 5,545
41 Madison 0.1% 9 9,202
42 Columbus 0.09% 9 9,873
43 Meridian 0.04% 6 15,919
44 Waynesboro 0.0% 0 1,631
45 Pascagoula 0.0% 0 8,682
46 Philadelphia 0.0% 0 2,798
47 Picayune 0.0% 0 4,131
48 Pontotoc 0.0% 0 1,941
49 Booneville 0.0% 0 2,752
50 Waveland 0.0% 0 2,581
51 Ripley 0.0% 0 2,101
52 Saltillo 0.0% 0 2,099
53 Senatobia 0.0% 0 2,701
54 Wiggins 0.0% 0 1,342
55 West Point 0.0% 0 4,358
56 Batesville 0.0% 0 2,698
57 Richland 0.0% 0 2,476
58 Diamondhead 0.0% 0 3,509
59 Morton 0.0% 0 1,045
60 Newton 0.0% 0 1,430
61 Crystal Springs 0.0% 0 1,568
62 Florence 0.0% 0 1,523
63 Forest 0.0% 0 2,105
64 Fulton 0.0% 0 1,256
65 Grenada 0.0% 0 4,136
66 Columbia 0.0% 0 2,140
67 Hazlehurst 0.0% 0 1,207
68 Hollandale 0.0% 0 1,009
69 Holly Springs 0.0% 0 2,359
70 Canton 0.0% 0 4,733
71 Houston 0.0% 0 1,204
72 Winona 0.0% 0 1,868
73 Kosciusko 0.0% 0 2,667
74 Clarksdale 0.0% 0 6,079
75 Carthage 0.0% 0 1,553
76 Louisville 0.0% 0 2,529
77 Magee 0.0% 0 1,393
78 D’Iberville 0.0% 0 4,317
79 Moss Point 0.0% 0 5,285
80 Natchez 0.0% 0 6,315
81 Iuka 0.0% 0 1,191
82 Aberdeen 0.0% 0 2,121

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