These Are The 10 Gayest Places In North Carolina


We looked at years of data to determine which North Carolina 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 0.43% of North Carolina residents is gay? That ranks 22 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Tar Heel State.

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

After analyzing 225 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in North Carolina:

  1. Zebulon
  2. Fletcher (Photos)
  3. Woodfin (Photos)
  4. Kill Devil Hills (Photos)
  5. Pittsboro
  6. Long View
  7. Sawmills
  8. Raeford
  9. Stokesdale (Photos)
  10. Black Mountain (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in North Carolina.

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How do you determine the gayest city in North Carolina?

In order to rank the gayest cities in North Carolina, we used the 2009-2014 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 225 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

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In the end, Zebulon ended up being the the most gay place with 4.78% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in North Carolina. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

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1. Zebulon

Zebulon, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,382
Gay Households: 66
% Gay Households: 4.78%

2. Fletcher

Fletcher, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Households: 3,170
Gay Households: 75
% Gay Households: 2.37%

3. Woodfin

Woodfin, North Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Households: 2,414
Gay Households: 52
% Gay Households: 2.15%

4. Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,020
Gay Households: 65
% Gay Households: 2.15%

5. Pittsboro

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,518
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.71%

6. Long View

Long View, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,893
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.69%

7. Sawmills

Source: Google Maps

Households: 1,808
Gay Households: 30
% Gay Households: 1.66%

8. Raeford

Raeford, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,804
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 1.61%

9. Stokesdale

Stokesdale, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,763
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 1.59%

10. Black Mountain

Black Mountain, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,637
Gay Households: 57
% Gay Households: 1.57%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Louisburg
  2. Mount Olive
  3. Nashville

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In North Carolina

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Zebulon 1 0.05% 1,382 6,600
Fletcher 2 0.02% 3,170 7,500
Woodfin 3 0.02% 2,414 5,200
Kill Devil Hills 4 0.02% 3,020 6,500
Pittsboro 5 0.02% 1,518 2,600
Long View 6 0.02% 1,893 3,200
Sawmills 7 0.02% 1,808 3,000
Raeford 8 0.02% 1,804 2,900
Stokesdale 9 0.02% 1,763 2,800
Black Mountain 10 0.02% 3,637 5,700
Asheville 11 0.02% 37,709 57,800
Weaverville 12 0.02% 1,520 2,300
Kings Mountain 13 0.01% 4,144 6,000
Knightdale 14 0.01% 4,654 6,600
Hillsborough 15 0.01% 2,274 3,200
Selma 16 0.01% 2,087 2,900
Morganton 17 0.01% 6,590 8,900
Ayden 18 0.01% 1,984 2,600
Hudson 19 0.01% 1,359 1,700
Elkin 20 0.01% 1,564 1,900
Weddington 21 0.01% 3,295 3,900
Oak Ridge 22 0.01% 2,198 2,500
Liberty 23 0.01% 1,041 1,100
Lowell 24 0.01% 1,342 1,400
Newton 25 0.01% 5,018 5,200
Southern Pines 26 0.01% 5,757 5,400
Fairmont 27 0.01% 1,084 1,000
Garner 28 0.01% 10,322 8,800
Newport 29 0.01% 1,785 1,500
Jame 30 0.01% 1,324 1,100
Tabor City 31 0.01% 1,695 1,400
Salisbury 32 0.01% 12,428 9,700
Durham 33 0.01% 98,318 73,100
Brevard 34 0.01% 3,140 2,300
Shelby 35 0.01% 8,070 5,900
Indian Trail 36 0.01% 11,209 7,800
Cornelius 37 0.01% 10,735 7,500
Cary 38 0.01% 53,975 37,700
Morehead City 39 0.01% 4,247 2,900
Hickory 40 0.01% 15,991 10,500
Valdese 41 0.01% 1,817 1,200
Yadkinville 42 0.01% 1,068 700
Matthews 43 0.01% 10,907 7,200
Raleigh 44 0.01% 166,316 109,400
Mint Hill 45 0.01% 8,909 5,800
Wingate 46 0.01% 1,078 700
River Bend 47 0.01% 1,390 900
Winston-Salem 48 0.01% 92,567 59,900
Chapel Hill 49 0.01% 20,271 12,800
Rockingham 50 0.01% 3,835 2,400
Carrboro 51 0.01% 8,673 5,500
Conover 52 0.01% 3,232 2,000
Carolina Beach 53 0.01% 2,469 1,500
Wilkesboro 54 0.01% 1,498 900
Wendell 55 0.01% 2,537 1,500
Thomasville 56 0.01% 10,593 6,100
High Point 57 0.01% 40,988 23,600
Gastonia 58 0.01% 26,895 15,400
Oxford 59 0.01% 3,135 1,800
Lexington 60 0.01% 7,359 4,200
Charlotte 61 0.01% 298,815 171,000
Southport 62 0.01% 1,271 700
Greensboro 63 0.01% 113,232 61,600
Wilmington 64 0.01% 47,528 25,200
Elizabeth City 65 0.01% 6,691 3,400
Mills River 66 0.01% 2,769 1,400
Mebane 67 0.0% 5,331 2,600
Kure Beach 68 0.0% 1,013 500
Summerfield 69 0.0% 3,836 1,800
Huntersville 70 0.0% 18,181 8,400
Aberdeen 71 0.0% 2,837 1,300
Granite Falls 72 0.0% 1,735 800
Flat Rock 73 0.0% 1,515 700
Waynesville 74 0.0% 4,690 2,100
Boone 75 0.0% 5,766 2,600
Rocky Mount 76 0.0% 22,614 10,100
Wilson 77 0.0% 19,581 8,400
Fuquay-Varina 78 0.0% 7,357 3,200
Hendersonville 79 0.0% 5,920 2,500
Cramerton 80 0.0% 1,688 700
Washington 81 0.0% 3,951 1,600
Statesville 82 0.0% 9,527 3,800
Ahoskie 83 0.0% 1,986 800
North Wilkesboro 84 0.0% 1,501 600
Pineville 85 0.0% 3,617 1,400
Kernersville 86 0.0% 9,892 3,700
Gibsonville 87 0.0% 2,525 900
Graham 88 0.0% 5,796 2,000
Mocksville 89 0.0% 1,991 700
Jacksonville 90 0.0% 21,112 6,700
Lincolnton 91 0.0% 4,064 1,300
Fayetteville 92 0.0% 77,935 25,100
Concord 93 0.0% 29,228 8,900
Clayton 94 0.0% 6,594 2,000
Cherryville 95 0.0% 2,404 700
Spring Lake 96 0.0% 4,516 1,300
Lumberton 97 0.0% 7,403 2,000
Stallings 98 0.0% 5,147 1,400
Lewisville 99 0.0% 5,001 1,300
Winterville 100 0.0% 3,341 800
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