These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Missouri


We looked at years of data to determine which Missouri 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 0.37% of Missouri residents is gay? That ranks 24 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Show Me State.

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

After analyzing 206 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Missouri:

  1. Savannah (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Riverside (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Green Park (Jobs)
  4. West Plains (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Branson (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Lake St. Louis (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Versailles (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Des Peres (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Richmond Heights (Jobs)
  10. Belton (Jobs)

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

1. Savannah

Savannah, Missouri

Households: 1,971
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 1.88%
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Savannah is a city and county seat of Andrew County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,057 at the 2010 census.

2. Riverside

Riverside, Missouri

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Households: 1,292
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.55%
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3. Green Park


Households: 1,051
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 1.33%
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4. West Plains

West Plains, Missouri

Households: 5,147
Gay Households: 67
% Gay Households: 1.3%
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West Plains is a city in Howell County, Missouri, United States. The population was 11,986 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Howell County.

5. Branson

Branson, Missouri

Households: 5,160
Gay Households: 66
% Gay Households: 1.28%
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Branson is a city in Stone and Taney counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. Most of the city is in Taney County, with a small portion in the west extending into Stone County. Branson is in the Ozark Mountains. The community was named after Reuben Branson, postmaster and operator of a general store in the area in the 1880s. The population was 10,520 at the 2010 census.

6. Lake St. Louis

Lake St. Louis, Missouri

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Households: 5,635
Gay Households: 72
% Gay Households: 1.28%
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The City of Lake St. Louis is a planned community situated around two lakes between Interstate 70 and Interstate 64 in western St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 14,545 as of the 2010 US Census. Lake St. Louis is a suburb of St. Louis.

7. Versailles

Versailles, Missouri

Households: 1,099
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 1.27%
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8. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Households: 3,001
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 1.2%
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Des Peres is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,373 at the 2010 census.

9. Richmond Heights


Households: 4,011
Gay Households: 48
% Gay Households: 1.2%
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10. Belton


Households: 8,415
Gay Households: 96
% Gay Households: 1.14%
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Belton is a city in Cass County, Missouri, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The population was 23,116 at the 2010 census.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Missouri?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Missouri, 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 206 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Savannah ended up being the the most gay place with 1.88% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Dellwood
  2. North Kansas City
  3. Marlborough

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Missouri

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Savannah 1.88% 37 1,971
2 Riverside 1.55% 20 1,292
3 Green Park 1.33% 14 1,051
4 West Plains 1.3% 67 5,147
5 Branson 1.28% 66 5,160
6 Lake St. Louis 1.28% 72 5,635
7 Versailles 1.27% 14 1,099
8 Des Peres 1.2% 36 3,001
9 Richmond Heights 1.2% 48 4,011
10 Belton 1.14% 96 8,415
11 Webb City 1.14% 51 4,477
12 Pacific 1.12% 28 2,503
13 Hollister 1.1% 21 1,917
14 Wright City 1.06% 14 1,322
15 Cuba 1.05% 13 1,234
16 Crystal City 1.02% 19 1,856
17 Bridgeton 0.98% 45 4,569
18 University City 0.94% 148 15,785
19 St. Louis 0.93% 1,301 140,116
20 Brentwood 0.88% 34 3,856
21 Ladue 0.85% 26 3,060
22 Carrollton 0.81% 13 1,600
23 Weldon Spring 0.7% 16 2,292
24 Farmington 0.69% 44 6,399
25 St. Ann 0.66% 40 6,025
26 Blue Springs 0.66% 127 19,156
27 Kansas City 0.66% 1,297 196,416
28 Columbia 0.65% 300 46,184
29 Florissant 0.63% 131 20,635
30 Springfield 0.63% 452 72,027
31 Harrisonville 0.6% 24 4,018
32 Kearney 0.6% 19 3,187
33 Marshfield 0.59% 16 2,704
34 Hannibal 0.59% 41 6,996
35 Boonville 0.58% 18 3,114
36 Maryville 0.57% 26 4,541
37 Lebanon 0.57% 35 6,187
38 Berkeley 0.56% 20 3,543
39 Republic 0.56% 33 5,877
40 Webster Groves 0.56% 50 8,922
41 Olivette 0.55% 16 2,926
42 Valley Park 0.54% 17 3,130
43 Parkville 0.51% 11 2,147
44 Glendale 0.49% 11 2,228
45 Warrenton 0.49% 13 2,639
46 Joplin 0.49% 103 21,101
47 Independence 0.49% 235 48,397
48 Sugar Creek 0.45% 7 1,550
49 Maryland Heights 0.45% 52 11,630
50 Dexter 0.44% 15 3,377
51 Liberty 0.44% 48 10,829
52 Creve Coeur 0.44% 34 7,731
53 Carthage 0.44% 24 5,470
54 Palmyra 0.43% 6 1,380
55 Maplewood 0.41% 18 4,427
56 O’Fallon 0.41% 123 30,253
57 Lee’S Summit 0.39% 136 34,665
58 Monroe City 0.38% 4 1,042
59 Grandview 0.38% 36 9,417
60 Warrensburg 0.38% 27 7,188
61 Sikeston 0.37% 25 6,667
62 Trenton 0.37% 9 2,401
63 Gladstone 0.37% 41 10,943
64 Manchester 0.36% 25 6,980
65 Caruthersville 0.35% 9 2,595
66 Arnold 0.34% 28 8,219
67 Nixa 0.34% 26 7,733
68 Nevada 0.31% 11 3,545
69 Chesterfield 0.3% 58 19,206
70 Raymore 0.29% 22 7,499
71 Cape Girardeau 0.28% 43 15,440
72 Jefferson City 0.27% 46 16,961
73 Brookfield 0.27% 5 1,866
74 St. Peters 0.26% 57 21,950
75 Chillicothe 0.26% 9 3,470
76 Sunset Hills 0.25% 8 3,191
77 St. Joseph 0.25% 72 28,745
78 Poplar Bluff 0.24% 17 6,967
79 St. Charles 0.24% 66 27,239
80 Union 0.23% 10 4,296
81 Raytown 0.21% 25 11,630
82 Bolivar 0.21% 9 4,199
83 Kirkwood 0.21% 25 11,833
84 Cottleville 0.2% 3 1,467
85 Fulton 0.2% 8 3,982
86 Mexico 0.17% 8 4,700
87 Ferguson 0.15% 13 8,502
88 Rolla 0.14% 10 7,168
89 Wentzville 0.13% 15 11,133
90 Sedalia 0.13% 11 8,662
91 Hazelwood 0.12% 13 10,693
92 Kirksville 0.11% 7 6,447
93 Wildwood 0.1% 12 12,186
94 Marshall 0.08% 4 4,787
95 Jennings 0.05% 3 5,765
96 Buckner 0.0% 0 1,155
97 Pine Lawn 0.0% 0 1,257
98 Smithville 0.0% 0 3,301
99 East Prairie 0.0% 0 1,187
100 Shrewsbury 0.0% 0 3,139

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