Gayest Places In New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

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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 0.28% of New Jersey residents is gay? That ranks as the number 23 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 8,901 gay households in The Garden State.

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

After analyzing 238 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New Jersey for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In New Jersey For 2020

  1. Riverdale
  2. Guttenberg (Photos)
  3. Hamburg (Photos)
  4. Kinnelon (Photos)
  5. Little Silver (Photos)
  6. Asbury Park (Photos)
  7. Red Bank (Photos)
  8. Woodbury (Photos)
  9. Metuchen (Photos)
  10. Merchantville

What’s the gayest place in New Jersey? According to the facts, Riverdale is the gayest place in New Jersey 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 New Jersey reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In New Jersey For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 1,829
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 58 (22nd highest)
% Gay Households: 5.03% (1st highest)
More on Riverdale:  Data

Guttenberg, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 4,673
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 112 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.98% (2nd highest)
More on Guttenberg:  Data | Photos

Guttenberg is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 11,176. Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is the ninth-smallest municipality in the state and the most densely populated incorporated municipality in the United States, as well as one of the most densely populated municipalities worldwide, with 57,116 people per square mile of land area.

Hamburg, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,328
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 26 (46th highest)
% Gay Households: 3.92% (3rd highest)
More on Hamburg:  Data | Photos

Kinnelon, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 3,376
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 40 (32nd highest)
% Gay Households: 2.37% (4th highest)
More on Kinnelon:  Data | Photos

Little Silver, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Households: 2,099
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 22 (56th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.1% (5th highest)
More on Little Silver:  Data | Photos

Little Silver is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 5,950, a drop of 220 from the 6,170 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 449 from the 5,721 counted in the 1990 Census.

Asbury Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 6,721
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Gay Households: 108 (8th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.84% (6th highest)
More on Asbury Park:  Data | Photos

Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 16,116, reflecting a decline of 814 from the 16,930 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 131 from the 16,799 counted in the 1990 Census.

Red Bank, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 5,138
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 44 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.71% (7th highest)
More on Red Bank:  Data | Photos

Red Bank is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, incorporated in 1908 and located on the Navesink River, the area’s original transportation route to the ocean and other ports. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a population of 12,206, reflecting an increase of 362 from the 11,844 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,208 from the 10,636 counted in the 1990 Census.

Woodbury, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,903
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Gay Households: 31 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.59% (8th highest)
More on Woodbury:  Data | Photos

Woodbury is a city in Gloucester County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the city’s population was 10,174, reflecting a decline of 133 from the 10,307 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 597 from the 10,904 counted in the 1990 Census. Woodbury is the county seat of Gloucester County.

Metuchen, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Households: 5,203
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 20)
Gay Households: 44 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.58% (9th highest)
More on Metuchen:  Data | Photos

Metuchen is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, which is 5 miles northeast of New Brunswick, 13 miles southwest of Newark, 17 miles southwest of Jersey City, and 21 miles southwest of Manhattan, all part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 13,574, reflecting an increase of 734 from the 12,840 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 36 from the 12,804 counted in the 1990 Census.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 1,479
Rank Last Year: 229 (Up 219)
Gay Households: 11 (92nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.49% (10th highest)
More on Merchantville:  Data

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in New Jersey, 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 238 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 5.03% gay households. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  • Mendham
  • Lodi
  • Lindenwold

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In New Jersey

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Riverdale 1,829 5.03%
2 Guttenberg 4,673 3.98%
3 Hamburg 1,328 3.92%
4 Kinnelon 3,376 2.37%
5 Little Silver 2,099 2.1%
6 Asbury Park 6,721 1.84%
7 Red Bank 5,138 1.71%
8 Woodbury 3,903 1.59%
9 Metuchen 5,203 1.58%
10 Merchantville 1,479 1.49%
11 Upper Saddle River 2,452 1.47%
12 Westville 1,636 1.47%
13 Ho-Ho-Kus 1,415 1.41%
14 Midland Park 2,604 1.38%
15 Pitman 3,359 1.37%
16 Collingswood 5,966 1.34%
17 Manville 3,785 1.32%
18 Edgewater 5,746 1.29%
19 Mount Ephraim 1,775 1.13%
20 Lincoln Park 3,587 1.06%
21 Watchung 1,899 1.05%
22 Rutherford 7,101 1.04%
23 Somers Point 4,457 1.03%
24 Jersey City 101,007 1.01%
25 Sea Isle City 1,020 0.98%
26 Plainfield 15,338 0.98%
27 Pompton Lakes 3,952 0.96%
28 Glassboro 5,934 0.94%
29 Elmwood Park 6,890 0.93%
30 Garwood 1,773 0.9%
31 Woodland Park 4,364 0.87%
32 North Haledon 3,221 0.87%
33 Dunellen 2,540 0.87%
34 Fair Haven 1,864 0.86%
35 Magnolia 1,656 0.85%
36 Bogota 2,866 0.84%
37 Atlantic Highlands 1,719 0.81%
38 Clinton 1,059 0.76%
39 Bergenfield 8,760 0.75%
40 Highland Park 5,608 0.75%
41 Egg Harbor City 1,388 0.72%
42 Hoboken 25,132 0.68%
43 Ridgefield Park 4,761 0.67%
44 West New York 19,646 0.65%
45 Dumont 6,373 0.63%
46 Linden 14,434 0.6%
47 Wildwood 2,367 0.59%
48 Union City 24,147 0.56%
49 Bayonne 24,975 0.54%
50 Matawan 3,425 0.53%
51 Ridgewood 8,337 0.43%
52 Ventnor City 4,196 0.43%
53 Bridgeton 6,346 0.41%
54 Linwood 2,491 0.4%
55 Bound Brook 3,527 0.4%
56 South River 5,590 0.39%
57 Hackensack 18,732 0.37%
58 Point Pleasant 7,416 0.35%
59 Millville 10,959 0.35%
60 Phillipsburg 5,795 0.35%
61 Kearny 13,581 0.32%
62 Long Branch 11,896 0.32%
63 Hawthorne 6,963 0.32%
64 Fair Lawn 11,463 0.31%
65 Fort Lee 17,004 0.31%
66 Clifton 29,169 0.3%
67 Perth Amboy 15,946 0.28%
68 Harrison 5,873 0.27%
69 East Orange 23,608 0.27%
70 Sayreville 16,461 0.27%
71 Newark 96,888 0.25%
72 Atlantic City 15,272 0.25%
73 Englewood 10,648 0.24%
74 Leonia 3,338 0.24%
75 South Amboy 3,395 0.24%
76 New Brunswick 14,893 0.21%
77 Paterson 44,748 0.2%
78 Trenton 27,401 0.2%
79 Roselle 7,528 0.19%
80 Madison 5,456 0.18%
81 Westfield 10,376 0.17%
82 Elizabeth 40,394 0.17%
83 Northfield 2,832 0.14%
84 Palisades Park 7,525 0.13%
85 Camden 24,727 0.13%
86 Waldwick 3,574 0.0%
87 Wallington 4,676 0.0%
88 Pleasantville 6,763 0.0%
89 Norwood 2,133 0.0%
90 Wanaque 4,085 0.0%
91 Washington 2,632 0.0%
92 West Long Branch 2,459 0.0%
93 Woodbury Heights 1,095 0.0%
94 Pine Hill 4,410 0.0%
95 Westwood 4,387 0.0%
96 Wharton 2,339 0.0%
97 Old Tappan 2,028 0.0%
98 Oceanport 2,118 0.0%
99 Wood-Ridge 3,252 0.0%
100 Penns Grove 1,820 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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