These Are The 10 Gayest Places In North Dakota


We looked at years of data to determine which North Dakota 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 0.22% 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. Fargo (Photos | Jobs)
  2. West Fargo (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Bismarck (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Mandan (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Minot (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Grand Forks (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Beulah (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Watford City (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Wahpeton (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Valley City (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Households: 51,354
Gay Households: 306
% Gay Households: 0.6%
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Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

2. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Households: 12,356
Gay Households: 41
% Gay Households: 0.33%
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West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Households: 30,553
Gay Households: 61
% Gay Households: 0.2%
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Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

4. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Households: 8,977
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 0.16%
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5. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Households: 19,439
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 0.14%
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Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as “Magic City”, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

6. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Households: 23,829
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 0.12%
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Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

7. Beulah

Beulah, North Dakota

Households: 1,334
Gay Households: 0
% Gay Households: 0.0%
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8. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Households: 1,713
Gay Households: 0
% Gay Households: 0.0%
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9. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Households: 3,263
Gay Households: 0
% Gay Households: 0.0%
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Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

10. Valley City

Valley City, North Dakota

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Households: 3,162
Gay Households: 0
% Gay Households: 0.0%
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Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

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

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

In the end, Fargo ended up being the the most gay place with 0.6% 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.

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

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

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Fargo 0.6% 306 51,354
2 West Fargo 0.33% 41 12,356
3 Bismarck 0.2% 61 30,553
4 Mandan 0.16% 14 8,977
5 Minot 0.14% 28 19,439
6 Grand Forks 0.12% 28 23,829
7 Beulah 0.0% 0 1,334
8 Watford City 0.0% 0 1,713
9 Wahpeton 0.0% 0 3,263
10 Valley City 0.0% 0 3,162
11 Rugby 0.0% 0 1,456
12 Jamestown 0.0% 0 6,843
13 Hazen 0.0% 0 1,103
14 Grafton 0.0% 0 1,876
15 Dickinson 0.0% 0 8,617
16 Devils Lake 0.0% 0 3,390
17 Bottineau 0.0% 0 1,038
18 Lincoln 0.0% 0 1,196
19 Williston 0.0% 0 9,565

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