Gayest Places In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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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 0.5% of Nevada residents is gay? That ranks as the number 1 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 4,729 gay households in The Silver State.

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

After analyzing 14 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Nevada for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Nevada For 2020

  1. Henderson (Photos)
  2. Reno (Photos)
  3. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  4. Fallon (Photos)
  5. Las Vegas (Photos)
  6. Sparks (Photos)
  7. Elko (Photos)
  8. Boulder City (Photos)
  9. Ely (Photos)
  10. Fernley (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Nevada? According to the facts, Henderson is the gayest place in Nevada 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 Nevada reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Nevada For 2020

Henderson, NV

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Households: 113,901
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 599 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.68% (1st highest)
More on Henderson:  Data | Photos

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Reno, NV

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Households: 98,844
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 585 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.64% (2nd highest)
More on Reno:  Data | Photos

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Households: 72,532
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 306 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.57% (3rd highest)
More on North Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Fallon, NV

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Households: 3,567
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 9 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.5% (4th highest)
More on Fallon:  Data | Photos

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The “Heart O’ Gold” cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV

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Households: 226,396
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Gay Households: 978 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.39% (5th highest)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Sparks, NV

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Households: 38,056
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 118 (5th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.27% (6th highest)
More on Sparks:  Data | Photos

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Elko, NV

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Households: 6,932
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 13 (7th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.17% (7th highest)
More on Elko:  Data | Photos

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

Boulder City, NV

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Households: 6,481
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 23 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (8th highest)
More on Boulder City:  Data | Photos

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

Ely, NV

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Households: 1,736
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 10 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (9th highest)
More on Ely:  Data | Photos

Fernley, NV

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Households: 7,165
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 10 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (10th highest)
More on Fernley:  Data | Photos

Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Nevada, 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 14 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 0.68% gay households. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  • Yerington
  • Winnemucca
  • West Wendover

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Nevada

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Henderson 113,901 0.68%
2 Reno 98,844 0.64%
3 North Las Vegas 72,532 0.57%
4 Fallon 3,567 0.5%
5 Las Vegas 226,396 0.39%
6 Sparks 38,056 0.27%
7 Elko 6,932 0.17%
8 Boulder City 6,481 0.0%
9 Ely 1,736 0.0%
10 Fernley 7,165 0.0%
11 Mesquite 7,889 0.0%
12 West Wendover 1,307 0.0%
13 Winnemucca 2,981 0.0%
14 Yerington 1,392 0.0%

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