These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Montana


We looked at years of data to determine which Montana 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 0.24% of Montana residents is gay? That ranks 44 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 25 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Montana:

  1. Glendive (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Havre (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Missoula (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Miles City (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Laurel (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Helena (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Kalispell (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Billings (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Bozeman (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Great Falls (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Households: 2,217
Gay Households: 43
% Gay Households: 1.94%
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2. Havre

Havre, Montana

Households: 3,993
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 0.7%
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Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.

3. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Households: 30,215
Gay Households: 160
% Gay Households: 0.53%
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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.

4. Miles City

Miles City, Montana

Households: 3,565
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 0.45%
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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.

5. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Households: 2,816
Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 0.43%
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Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census.

6. Helena

Helena, Montana

Households: 13,103
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 0.34%
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Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

7. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Households: 8,646
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 0.3%
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Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.

8. Billings

Billings, Montana

Households: 44,713
Gay Households: 113
% Gay Households: 0.25%
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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.

9. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Households: 17,063
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 0.24%
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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.

10. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Households: 25,574
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 0.21%
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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.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Montana, 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 25 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Glendive ended up being the the most gay place with 1.94% gay households.

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

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:

  1. Whitefish
  2. Shelby
  3. Red Lodge

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Montana

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Glendive 1.94% 43 2,217
2 Havre 0.7% 28 3,993
3 Missoula 0.53% 160 30,215
4 Miles City 0.45% 16 3,565
5 Laurel 0.43% 12 2,816
6 Helena 0.34% 45 13,103
7 Kalispell 0.3% 26 8,646
8 Billings 0.25% 113 44,713
9 Bozeman 0.24% 41 17,063
10 Great Falls 0.21% 53 25,574
11 Hamilton 0.0% 0 2,366
12 Hardin 0.0% 0 1,237
13 Sidney 0.0% 0 2,649
14 Belgrade 0.0% 0 2,946
15 Glasgow 0.0% 0 1,558
16 Dillon 0.0% 0 1,760
17 Lewistown 0.0% 0 2,691
18 Libby 0.0% 0 1,182
19 Livingston 0.0% 0 3,379
20 Deer Lodge 0.0% 0 1,369
21 Columbia Falls 0.0% 0 2,047
22 Polson 0.0% 0 1,979
23 Red Lodge 0.0% 0 1,019
24 Shelby 0.0% 0 1,113
25 Whitefish 0.0% 0 3,094

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