These Are The 10 Gayest Places In North Dakota For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in North Dakota.

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When the Supreme Court 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 0.2% of North Dakota residents is gay? That ranks as the number 47 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 620 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 20 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in North Dakota for 2019:

  1. Wahpeton (Photos)
  2. Fargo (Photos)
  3. Williston (Photos)
  4. Mandan (Photos)
  5. Grand Forks (Photos)
  6. West Fargo (Photos)
  7. Bismarck (Photos)
  8. Watford City (Photos)
  9. Valley City (Photos)
  10. Rugby (Photos)

According to the facts, Wahpeton is the gayest place in North Dakota for 2019.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the gayest cities in America.

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in North Dakota for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in North Dakota, we used the 2013-2017 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 20 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, ended up being the the most gay place with 0.72% 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.

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,332
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Gay Households: 24 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.72% (1st highest)
More on Wahpeton:  Data | Photos

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.

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 52,751
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 304 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.58% (2nd highest)
More on Fargo:  Data | Photos

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.

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 9,946
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Gay Households: 45 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.45% (3rd highest)
More on Williston:  Data | Photos

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 9,717
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Gay Households: 24 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.25% (4th highest)
More on Mandan:  Data | Photos

Grand Forks, ND

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 24,543
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 54 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.22% (5th highest)
More on Grand Forks:  Data | Photos

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.

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 13,030
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 19 (7th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.15% (6th highest)
More on West Fargo:  Data | Photos

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.

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 31,368
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 29 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.09% (7th highest)
More on Bismarck:  Data | Photos

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.

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 1,916
Rank Last Year: 13 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 0 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (14th highest)
More on Watford City:  Data | Photos

Valley City, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,166
Rank Last Year: 13 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 0 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (14th highest)
More on Valley City:  Data | Photos

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.

Rugby, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 1,392
Rank Last Year: 13 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 0 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (14th highest)
More on Rugby:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In North Dakota For 2019

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:

  • Hazen
  • Lincoln
  • Bottineau

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In North Dakota

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Wahpeton 3,332 0.72%
2 Fargo 52,751 0.58%
3 Williston 9,946 0.45%
4 Mandan 9,717 0.25%
5 Grand Forks 24,543 0.22%
6 West Fargo 13,030 0.15%
7 Bismarck 31,368 0.09%
8 Watford City 1,916 0.0%
9 Valley City 3,166 0.0%
10 Rugby 1,392 0.0%
11 Minot 19,902 0.0%
12 Beulah 1,325 0.0%
13 Jamestown 6,837 0.0%
14 Grafton 1,882 0.0%
15 Dickinson 8,930 0.0%
16 Devils Lake 3,371 0.0%
17 Casselton 1,012 0.0%
18 Bottineau 1,025 0.0%
19 Lincoln 1,229 0.0%
20 Hazen 1,141 0.0%