These Are The 10 Gayest Places In North Dakota


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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 0.22% of North Dakota residents is gay? That ranks 49 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Peace Garden State.

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

After analyzing 19 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in North Dakota:

  1. Valley City (Photos)
  2. Rugby
  3. Fargo (Photos)
  4. Minot (Photos)
  5. Devils Lake (Photos)
  6. Grand Forks (Photos)
  7. Mandan (Photos)
  8. West Fargo (Photos)
  9. Bismarck (Photos)
  10. Dickinson (Photos)
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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 Dakota.

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How do you determine the gayest city in North Dakota?

In order to rank the gayest cities in North Dakota, 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 19 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Valley City ended up being the the most gay place with 0.71% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in North Dakota. 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. Valley City

Valley City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,078
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 0.71%

2. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,356
Gay Households: 8
% Gay Households: 0.59%

3. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 48,958
Gay Households: 237
% Gay Households: 0.48%

4. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 18,226
Gay Households: 73
% Gay Households: 0.4%

5. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 3,299
Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.3%

6. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 22,844
Gay Households: 69
% Gay Households: 0.3%

7. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 8,219
Gay Households: 21
% Gay Households: 0.26%

8. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Households: 11,125
Gay Households: 27
% Gay Households: 0.24%

9. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 28,550
Gay Households: 50
% Gay Households: 0.18%

10. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Households: 8,135
Gay Households: 4
% Gay Households: 0.05%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Williston
  2. Lincoln
  3. Bottineau

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In North Dakota

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Valley City 1 0.01% 3,078 2,200
Rugby 2 0.01% 1,356 800
Fargo 3 0.0% 48,958 23,700
Minot 4 0.0% 18,226 7,300
Devils Lake 5 0.0% 3,299 1,000
Grand Forks 6 0.0% 22,844 6,900
Mandan 7 0.0% 8,219 2,100
West Fargo 8 0.0% 11,125 2,700
Bismarck 9 0.0% 28,550 5,000
Dickinson 10 0.0% 8,135 400
Beulah 11 0.0% 1,383
Watford City 12 0.0% 1,030
Wahpeton 13 0.0% 3,132
Jamestown 14 0.0% 6,791
Hazen 15 0.0% 1,070
Grafton 16 0.0% 1,897
Bottineau 17 0.0% 1,033
Lincoln 18 0.0% 1,002
Williston 19 0.0% 8,293

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