These Are The 10 Gayest Places In New York


We looked at years of data to determine which New York 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 0.47% of New York residents is gay? That ranks 14 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Empire State.

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

After analyzing 262 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New York:

  1. Mohawk (Jobs)
  2. Walden (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Menands (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Hoosick Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Whitesboro (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Beacon (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Hudson Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Malone (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Flower Hill (Jobs)
  10. Greenwood Lake (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Mohawk


Households: 1,043
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 5.08%
More on Mohawk: Comment | Data | Jobs

2. Walden

Walden, New York

Households: 2,309
Gay Households: 80
% Gay Households: 3.46%
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Walden is the largest of three villages of the Town of Montgomery in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 6,978 at the 2010 census. It has the ZIP Code 12586 and the 778 telephone exchange within the 845 area code. Walden is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.

3. Menands

Menands, New York

Households: 1,598
Gay Households: 43
% Gay Households: 2.69%
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4. Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls, New York

Households: 1,278
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 2.27%
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5. Whitesboro

Whitesboro, New York

Households: 1,760
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 1.93%
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6. Beacon

Beacon, New York

Households: 5,203
Gay Households: 100
% Gay Households: 1.92%
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Beacon is a city located in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The 2010 census placed the city total population at 15,541. Beacon is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York-Newark-Bridgeport, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania Combined Statistical Area. It was named to commemorate the historic beacon fires that blazed forth from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army about British troop movements.

7. Hudson Falls

Hudson Falls, New York

Households: 2,830
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.87%
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Hudson Falls is a village located in Washington County, New York, USA. The village is in the southwest of the town of Kingsbury, on US Route 4. Hudson Falls is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 6,927. It was the county seat of Washington County until 1994, when the county seat was moved to Fort Edward.

8. Malone

Malone, New York

Households: 2,474
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 1.66%
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Malone is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 14,545 at the 2010 census. The town contains a village also named Malone, which is the county seat. The town is an interior town located in the north-central part of the county.

9. Flower Hill


Households: 1,479
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 1.49%
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10. Greenwood Lake

Greenwood Lake, New York

Households: 1,231
Gay Households: 18
% Gay Households: 1.46%
More on Greenwood Lake: Comment | Data | Jobs

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in New York, 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 262 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Mohawk ended up being the the most gay place with 5.08% gay households.

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

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

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

  1. Yorkville
  2. Horseheads
  3. Le Roy

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In New York

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Mohawk 5.08% 53 1,043
2 Walden 3.46% 80 2,309
3 Menands 2.69% 43 1,598
4 Hoosick Falls 2.27% 29 1,278
5 Whitesboro 1.93% 34 1,760
6 Beacon 1.92% 100 5,203
7 Hudson Falls 1.87% 53 2,830
8 Malone 1.66% 41 2,474
9 Flower Hill 1.49% 22 1,479
10 Greenwood Lake 1.46% 18 1,231
11 Canton 1.34% 22 1,646
12 Nyack 1.32% 42 3,170
13 Lloyd Harbor 1.28% 15 1,169
14 Gowanda 1.26% 15 1,193
15 Little Falls 1.2% 23 1,923
16 South Glens Falls 1.13% 19 1,687
17 Catskill 1.1% 15 1,358
18 Westbury 1.1% 53 4,835
19 Mount Morris 1.06% 12 1,134
20 Montebello 1.05% 16 1,527
21 Ellenville 1.01% 15 1,492
22 Rouses Point 0.99% 10 1,009
23 Albany 0.97% 398 40,885
24 Sloan 0.97% 16 1,651
25 Sloatsburg 0.94% 10 1,067
26 Lowville 0.93% 13 1,404
27 Norwich 0.92% 25 2,709
28 Saugerties 0.88% 15 1,712
29 Hudson 0.85% 24 2,813
30 Granville 0.83% 9 1,078
31 Rhinebeck 0.83% 10 1,210
32 Brightwaters 0.82% 9 1,104
33 Manorhaven 0.79% 19 2,401
34 Ithaca 0.79% 74 9,422
35 Wellsville 0.78% 16 2,057
36 Avon 0.75% 10 1,329
37 Southampton 0.74% 10 1,346
38 Medina 0.74% 19 2,566
39 Port Washington North 0.73% 9 1,225
40 Port Jefferson 0.73% 22 3,008
41 Mastic Beach 0.73% 36 4,938
42 North Hills 0.72% 19 2,637
43 Fulton 0.72% 34 4,726
44 Cayuga Heights 0.72% 11 1,535
45 Northport 0.7% 21 3,012
46 Glens Falls 0.69% 44 6,349
47 Sherrill 0.68% 9 1,320
48 Coxsackie 0.68% 7 1,031
49 Ossining 0.67% 52 7,766
50 Elmsford 0.67% 10 1,499
51 Rochester 0.65% 560 85,814
52 Auburn 0.64% 72 11,261
53 East Aurora 0.64% 16 2,505
54 New Paltz 0.62% 12 1,921
55 Newburgh 0.62% 56 9,004
56 Amsterdam 0.61% 44 7,178
57 Troy 0.61% 121 19,837
58 Tarr 0.61% 27 4,434
59 New York 0.61% 19,003 3,128,246
60 Fairport 0.6% 15 2,480
61 Chestnut Ridge 0.6% 15 2,494
62 Waverly 0.59% 11 1,859
63 New Hyde Park 0.59% 17 2,889
64 Corning 0.58% 29 5,033
65 Malverne 0.57% 18 3,141
66 Plattsburgh 0.54% 42 7,821
67 Harrison 0.53% 44 8,338
68 Poughkeepsie 0.52% 65 12,563
69 Liverpool 0.52% 6 1,162
70 Syracuse 0.51% 285 55,442
71 Watervliet 0.51% 23 4,518
72 Lansing 0.51% 9 1,781
73 Utica 0.5% 116 23,253
74 Valley Stream 0.5% 58 11,638
75 East Rochester 0.49% 14 2,847
76 West Haverstraw 0.48% 14 2,934
77 Amityville 0.48% 16 3,359
78 Binghamton 0.48% 94 19,737
79 Ogdensburg 0.47% 19 4,025
80 Williamsville 0.47% 12 2,563
81 Homer 0.47% 6 1,286
82 Irvington 0.47% 11 2,360
83 Island Park 0.47% 8 1,718
84 Goshen 0.47% 10 2,150
85 Middletown 0.46% 47 10,160
86 Dobbs Ferry 0.46% 17 3,680
87 Woodbury 0.46% 15 3,288
88 Oswego 0.45% 34 7,473
89 Tonawanda 0.45% 31 6,849
90 Fredonia 0.45% 16 3,547
91 Mineola 0.45% 32 7,094
92 Oneida 0.43% 19 4,390
93 Elmira 0.43% 45 10,436
94 Olean 0.43% 26 6,060
95 Massena 0.42% 20 4,722
96 North Tonawanda 0.41% 56 13,595
97 Johnson City 0.4% 26 6,508
98 Rome 0.38% 50 13,108
99 Ballston Spa 0.37% 8 2,167
100 Buffalo 0.36% 397 109,668

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