These Are The 10 Gayest Places In New Hampshire


We looked at years of data to determine which New Hampshire 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 0.36% of New Hampshire residents is gay? That ranks 28 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Granite State.

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

After analyzing 13 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New Hampshire:

  1. Franklin (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Lebanon (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Keene (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Manchester (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Rochester (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Portsmouth (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Nashua (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Concord (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Berlin (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Claremont (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Franklin

Franklin, New Hampshire

Households: 3,494
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 0.92%
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Franklin is a city in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,477, the lowest of any of New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Franklin includes the village of West Franklin.

2. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Households: 6,325
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 0.74%
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Lebanon locally is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

3. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Households: 9,449
Gay Households: 65
% Gay Households: 0.69%
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Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

4. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

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Households: 45,258
Gay Households: 280
% Gay Households: 0.62%
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Manchester is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its estimated 2016 population was 110,506. It is one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state of New Hampshire’s most populous county. Manchester is located near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis, along the banks of the Merrimack River-which divides the city into eastern and western sections. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett. Blodget’s vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world’s first industrialized city.

5. Rochester

Rochester, New Hampshire

Households: 12,953
Gay Households: 58
% Gay Households: 0.45%
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Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 29,752, and in 2016 the estimated population was 30,345. The city includes the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Households: 10,143
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 0.24%
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Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

7. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Households: 34,889
Gay Households: 81
% Gay Households: 0.23%
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Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

8. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Households: 17,011
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 0.22%
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Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

9. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

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Households: 4,015
Gay Households: 8
% Gay Households: 0.2%
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Berlin is a city along the Androscoggin River in Cos County in northern New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. It includes the village of Cascade. Located on the edge of the White Mountains, the city’s boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Berlin is home to the Berlin and Cos County Historical Society’s Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the Berlin Fish Hatchery, and the White Mountains Community College, member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

10. Claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire

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Households: 5,272
Gay Households: 9
% Gay Households: 0.17%
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Claremont is the only city in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,355 at the 2010 census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in New Hampshire, 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 13 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Franklin ended up being the the most gay place with 0.92% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Somersworth
  2. Laconia
  3. Dover

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In New Hampshire

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Franklin 0.92% 32 3,494
2 Lebanon 0.74% 47 6,325
3 Keene 0.69% 65 9,449
4 Manchester 0.62% 280 45,258
5 Rochester 0.45% 58 12,953
6 Portsmouth 0.24% 24 10,143
7 Nashua 0.23% 81 34,889
8 Concord 0.22% 37 17,011
9 Berlin 0.2% 8 4,015
10 Claremont 0.17% 9 5,272
11 Dover 0.14% 18 12,793
12 Laconia 0.13% 9 6,740
13 Somersworth 0.0% 0 4,646

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