These Are The 10 Gayest Places In New Jersey


We looked at years of data to determine which New Jersey 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 0.35% of New Jersey residents is gay? That ranks 29 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 241 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New Jersey:

  1. Riverdale (Jobs)
  2. Watchung (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Westville (Jobs)
  4. Lambertville (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Guttenberg (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Bloomingdale (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Asbury Park (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Oaklyn (Jobs)
  9. Wildwood Crest (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Glen Ridge (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Riverdale


Households: 1,924
Gay Households: 78
% Gay Households: 4.05%
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2. Watchung

Watchung, New Jersey

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Households: 1,868
Gay Households: 49
% Gay Households: 2.62%
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Watchung is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 5,801, reflecting an increase of 188 from the 5,613 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 503 from the 5,110 counted in the 1990 Census.

3. Westville


Households: 1,651
Gay Households: 42
% Gay Households: 2.54%
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4. Lambertville

Lambertville, New Jersey

Households: 2,051
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 2.19%
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5. Guttenberg

Guttenberg, New Jersey

Households: 4,551
Gay Households: 93
% Gay Households: 2.04%
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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.

6. Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Households: 2,775
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.91%
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Bloomingdale is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,656, reflecting an increase of 46 from the 7,610 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 80 from the 7,530 counted in the 1990 Census.

7. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Households: 6,756
Gay Households: 129
% Gay Households: 1.91%
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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.

8. Oaklyn


Households: 1,690
Gay Households: 30
% Gay Households: 1.78%
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9. Wildwood Crest

Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

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Households: 1,420
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.62%
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10. Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

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Households: 2,467
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 1.46%
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Glen Ridge is a borough in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,527, reflecting an increase of 256 from the 7,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 195 from the 7,076 counted in the 1990 Census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in New Jersey, 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 241 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Riverdale ended up being the the most gay place with 4.05% gay households.

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

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:

  1. Newton
  2. North Caldwell
  3. Margate City

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In New Jersey

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Riverdale 4.05% 78 1,924
2 Watchung 2.62% 49 1,868
3 Westville 2.54% 42 1,651
4 Lambertville 2.19% 45 2,051
5 Guttenberg 2.04% 93 4,551
6 Bloomingdale 1.91% 53 2,775
7 Asbury Park 1.91% 129 6,756
8 Oaklyn 1.78% 30 1,690
9 Wildwood Crest 1.62% 23 1,420
10 Glen Ridge 1.46% 36 2,467
11 Wood 1.3% 17 1,304
12 Kinnelon 1.3% 46 3,540
13 Collingswood 1.28% 78 6,083
14 Manville 1.23% 46 3,738
15 Absecon 1.22% 39 3,184
16 Ho-Ho-Kus 1.18% 17 1,438
17 Little Silver 1.15% 24 2,090
18 Red Bank 1.12% 57 5,110
19 Clayton 1.04% 31 2,979
20 Belvidere 0.98% 10 1,025
21 Butler 0.96% 26 2,719
22 High Bridge 0.86% 13 1,514
23 Madison 0.85% 46 5,424
24 Jersey City 0.83% 831 99,612
25 Union Beach 0.83% 16 1,931
26 Edgewater 0.82% 45 5,493
27 West New York 0.82% 156 19,048
28 Saddle River 0.81% 10 1,229
29 Berlin 0.8% 21 2,631
30 Hight 0.77% 14 1,817
31 Highlands 0.77% 19 2,479
32 Glassboro 0.75% 46 6,134
33 Fair Haven 0.73% 14 1,919
34 Hasbrouck Heights 0.73% 32 4,412
35 Bogota 0.7% 20 2,856
36 Neptune City 0.68% 14 2,069
37 Haddon Heights 0.67% 19 2,851
38 Woodbury 0.65% 26 4,006
39 Metuchen 0.64% 33 5,174
40 Bradley Beach 0.64% 14 2,200
41 Atlantic City 0.64% 98 15,407
42 Dover 0.63% 34 5,366
43 Hawthorne 0.62% 42 6,748
44 Wharton 0.62% 14 2,252
45 Matawan 0.62% 21 3,398
46 Totowa 0.62% 21 3,413
47 Plainfield 0.61% 91 14,844
48 Lincoln Park 0.6% 23 3,804
49 Elmwood Park 0.6% 41 6,823
50 Pine Hill 0.59% 24 4,038
51 Roselle 0.59% 47 8,028
52 Pleasantville 0.58% 39 6,723
53 Morristown 0.58% 45 7,810
54 Midland Park 0.57% 16 2,798
55 Bayonne 0.56% 143 25,377
56 Linden 0.54% 77 14,157
57 Linwood 0.54% 14 2,593
58 Boonton 0.54% 17 3,153
59 Highland Park 0.52% 30 5,778
60 Morris Plains 0.52% 11 2,122
61 Leonia 0.51% 17 3,351
62 North Plainfield 0.49% 36 7,345
63 Netcong 0.49% 7 1,436
64 Kenilworth 0.49% 13 2,675
65 Perth Amboy 0.46% 73 15,784
66 Harrison 0.46% 25 5,413
67 Englewood 0.46% 49 10,673
68 Spring Lake Heights 0.45% 10 2,202
69 Haworth 0.45% 5 1,119
70 Hoboken 0.44% 111 25,063
71 Hackensack 0.44% 81 18,524
72 Pompton Lakes 0.43% 17 3,941
73 Long Branch 0.43% 51 11,918
74 Egg Harbor City 0.42% 6 1,415
75 Norwood 0.42% 9 2,168
76 Paterson 0.38% 167 43,769
77 Dunellen 0.37% 9 2,418
78 Woodland Park 0.37% 16 4,328
79 Lindenwold 0.37% 26 7,107
80 Westfield 0.35% 37 10,536
81 Elizabeth 0.35% 139 40,006
82 Cliffside Park 0.35% 37 10,652
83 Middlesex 0.35% 16 4,610
84 Garfield 0.35% 38 10,987
85 Atlantic Highlands 0.34% 6 1,786
86 River Edge 0.33% 13 3,918
87 Kearny 0.32% 44 13,617
88 Carteret 0.32% 26 8,048
89 Fairview 0.32% 17 5,349
90 Trenton 0.31% 85 27,549
91 Gloucester City 0.31% 12 3,906
92 Vineland 0.3% 64 21,088
93 East Orange 0.3% 75 24,858
94 Northvale 0.3% 5 1,671
95 Carlstadt 0.3% 7 2,340
96 Ventnor City 0.3% 13 4,351
97 Old Tappan 0.3% 6 2,016
98 Salem 0.3% 6 2,033
99 Wildwood 0.29% 7 2,408
100 New Milford 0.28% 16 5,771

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