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 0.36% of North Carolina residents is gay? That ranks 26 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 226 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in North Carolina:

  1. Weaverville (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Black Mountain (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Kill Devil Hills (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Pittsboro (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Rutherfordton (Jobs)
  6. Morehead City (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Woodfin (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Fletcher (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Davidson (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Asheville (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Weaverville

Weaverville, North Carolina

Households: 1,757
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 3.02%
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2. Black Mountain

Black Mountain, North Carolina

Households: 3,648
Gay Households: 78
% Gay Households: 2.14%
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Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,848 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the old train stop at the Black Mountain Depot and is located at the southern end of the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southern Appalachians.

3. Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Households: 2,934
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.81%
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Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. The population was 6,683 at the 2010 census, up from 5,897 in 2000. It is the most populous settlement in both Dare County and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Kill Devil Hills Micropolitan Statistical Area is part of the larger Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

4. Pittsboro

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Households: 1,825
Gay Households: 30
% Gay Households: 1.64%
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5. Rutherfordton


Households: 1,955
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.64%
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6. Morehead City

Morehead City, North Carolina

Households: 4,236
Gay Households: 63
% Gay Households: 1.49%
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Morehead City is a port town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,661 at the 2010 census. Morehead City celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding on May 5, 2007. It forms part of the Crystal Coast.

7. Woodfin

Woodfin, North Carolina

Households: 2,180
Gay Households: 30
% Gay Households: 1.38%
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Woodfin is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,123 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Governor Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. Woodfin is the only municipality bearing the name Woodfin in the United States. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century.

8. Fletcher

Fletcher, North Carolina

Households: 3,273
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 1.37%
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Fletcher is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,187 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 8,079 in 2016.

9. Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

Households: 4,030
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.32%
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Davidson is a lakeside town on Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 10,944 at the 2010 census. It is home to Davidson College. The town is centered on the college from which it takes its name.

10. Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

Households: 37,328
Gay Households: 481
% Gay Households: 1.29%
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Asheville is a city and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 12th-most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The city’s population was 89,121 according to the 2016 estimates. It is the principal city in the four-county Asheville metropolitan area, with a population of 424,858 in 2010. Asheville is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center, the world’s largest active archive of weather data.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in North Carolina?

In order to rank the gayest cities in North Carolina, 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 226 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Weaverville ended up being the the most gay place with 3.02% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in North Carolina

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. Zebulon
  2. Lewisville
  3. Mayodan

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Weaverville 3.02% 53 1,757
2 Black Mountain 2.14% 78 3,648
3 Kill Devil Hills 1.81% 53 2,934
4 Pittsboro 1.64% 30 1,825
5 Rutherfordton 1.64% 32 1,955
6 Morehead City 1.49% 63 4,236
7 Woodfin 1.38% 30 2,180
8 Fletcher 1.37% 45 3,273
9 Davidson 1.32% 53 4,030
10 Asheville 1.29% 481 37,328
11 Sawmills 1.21% 24 1,986
12 Newport 0.93% 18 1,943
13 Hudson 0.92% 13 1,411
14 Waynesville 0.91% 44 4,832
15 Boone 0.85% 50 5,913
16 Wingate 0.83% 9 1,080
17 Liberty 0.83% 9 1,082
18 Shelby 0.8% 64 8,017
19 Southern Pines 0.76% 46 6,087
20 Kernersville 0.75% 76 10,139
21 King 0.72% 21 2,897
22 Newton 0.72% 34 4,750
23 Lowell 0.71% 9 1,264
24 Salisbury 0.7% 88 12,498
25 Oak Ridge 0.7% 16 2,277
26 Gibsonville 0.7% 18 2,589
27 Durham 0.68% 703 103,076
28 Fairmont 0.68% 8 1,180
29 River Bend 0.66% 9 1,359
30 Smithfield 0.66% 29 4,420
31 Flat Rock 0.65% 10 1,544
32 Valdese 0.65% 12 1,857
33 Ayden 0.64% 13 2,020
34 Cornelius 0.63% 74 11,808
35 Selma 0.6% 12 1,992
36 Emerald Isle 0.6% 11 1,847
37 Mebane 0.6% 33 5,542
38 Kure Beach 0.59% 6 1,019
39 Mineral Springs 0.57% 6 1,044
40 Hickory 0.57% 92 16,101
41 Charlotte 0.57% 1,761 310,041
42 Oxford 0.56% 19 3,371
43 Southport 0.55% 7 1,267
44 Elizabeth City 0.55% 36 6,561
45 Hillsborough 0.54% 13 2,387
46 Washington 0.54% 22 4,052
47 Burlington 0.54% 117 21,633
48 Mocksville 0.54% 11 2,039
49 Wilmington 0.53% 259 49,024
50 Huntersville 0.53% 99 18,750
51 Lexington 0.53% 37 7,017
52 Hendersonville 0.52% 34 6,514
53 High Point 0.51% 208 41,117
54 Conover 0.5% 16 3,173
55 Summerfield 0.5% 19 3,774
56 Wendell 0.5% 12 2,424
57 Tarboro 0.49% 22 4,533
58 Indian Trail 0.48% 58 12,004
59 Raleigh 0.48% 827 174,014
60 Matthews 0.48% 54 11,367
61 Greensboro 0.47% 533 114,362
62 Leland 0.46% 31 6,791
63 Lumberton 0.44% 32 7,271
64 Beaufort 0.44% 9 2,057
65 Angier 0.43% 8 1,840
66 Laurel Park 0.43% 5 1,159
67 Morrisville 0.43% 36 8,378
68 Wilson 0.43% 84 19,717
69 Gastonia 0.42% 115 27,362
70 Cary 0.4% 232 58,341
71 Winston-Salem 0.4% 374 94,403
72 Granite Falls 0.38% 7 1,826
73 Carrboro 0.38% 34 8,938
74 Cramerton 0.38% 6 1,581
75 Tabor City 0.36% 4 1,121
76 Winterville 0.35% 13 3,731
77 Oak Island 0.34% 12 3,575
78 Graham 0.33% 20 6,131
79 Chapel Hill 0.32% 65 20,102
80 Cherryville 0.3% 7 2,304
81 Knightdale 0.29% 15 5,110
82 Fayetteville 0.29% 231 78,879
83 Long View 0.29% 6 2,064
84 Dunn 0.28% 11 3,965
85 Ahoskie 0.27% 5 1,883
86 Erwin 0.27% 5 1,885
87 Thomasville 0.26% 28 10,883
88 Asheboro 0.26% 27 10,536
89 Statesville 0.25% 24 9,491
90 Jacksonville 0.25% 53 21,540
91 North Wilkesboro 0.24% 4 1,640
92 Greenville 0.23% 85 36,446
93 Garner 0.23% 25 10,778
94 Butner 0.23% 6 2,618
95 Hope Mills 0.23% 13 5,705
96 Stallings 0.22% 12 5,346
97 Sanford 0.22% 23 10,365
98 Mount Airy 0.21% 9 4,343
99 New Bern 0.21% 26 12,631
100 Rockingham 0.2% 8 3,951

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