Gayest Places In Montana For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the gayest places in Montana.

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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 0.12% of Montana residents is gay? That ranks as the number 49 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 964 gay households in The Treasure State.

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

After analyzing 27 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Montana for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Montana For 2020

  1. Missoula (Photos)
  2. Miles City (Photos)
  3. Bozeman (Photos)
  4. Billings (Photos)
  5. Great Falls (Photos)
  6. Belgrade (Photos)
  7. Shelby (Photos)
  8. Red Lodge (Photos)
  9. Polson (Photos)
  10. Livingston (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Montana? According to the facts, Missoula is the gayest place in Montana for 2020.

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.

For more Montana reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Montana For 2020

Missoula, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 31,393
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 153 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.34% (1st highest)
More on Missoula:  Data | Photos

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the “hub of five valleys”. In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook GreatFalls as Montana-s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.

Miles City, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 3,629
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 15 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.28% (2nd highest)
More on Miles City:  Data | Photos

Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.

Bozeman, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 18,539
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 31 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.25% (3rd highest)
More on Bozeman:  Data | Photos

Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.

Billings, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 46,133
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 140 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.2% (4th highest)
More on Billings:  Data | Photos

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.

Great Falls, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 25,717
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 31 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.02% (5th highest)
More on Great Falls:  Data | Photos

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.

Belgrade, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 3,207
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (6th highest)
More on Belgrade:  Data | Photos

Shelby, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,124
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (7th highest)
More on Shelby:  Data | Photos

Red Lodge, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,018
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (8th highest)
More on Red Lodge:  Data | Photos

Polson, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 2,058
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 14 (9th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (9th highest)
More on Polson:  Data | Photos

Livingston, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,621
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (10th highest)
More on Livingston:  Data | Photos

Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Montana for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in Montana, we used the 2014-2018 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 27 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 0.34% gay households. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Montana. 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 Montana For 2020

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

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

  • Whitefish
  • Helena
  • Columbia Falls

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Montana

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Missoula 31,393 0.34%
2 Miles City 3,629 0.28%
3 Bozeman 18,539 0.25%
4 Billings 46,133 0.2%
5 Great Falls 25,717 0.02%
6 Belgrade 3,207 0.0%
7 Shelby 1,124 0.0%
8 Red Lodge 1,018 0.0%
9 Polson 2,058 0.0%
10 Livingston 3,621 0.0%
11 Libby 1,098 0.0%
12 Lewistown 2,864 0.0%
13 Laurel 2,872 0.0%
14 Kalispell 8,945 0.0%
15 Havre 4,046 0.0%
16 Sidney 2,543 0.0%
17 Hardin 1,227 0.0%
18 Hamilton 2,205 0.0%
19 Glendive 2,215 0.0%
20 Glasgow 1,466 0.0%
21 Dillon 1,761 0.0%
22 Deer Lodge 1,379 0.0%
23 Cut Bank 1,091 0.0%
24 Conrad 1,010 0.0%
25 Columbia Falls 2,289 0.0%
26 Helena 13,800 0.0%
27 Whitefish 3,217 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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