Gayest Places In North Dakota For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 42 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 613 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 18 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in North Dakota for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In North Dakota For 2020

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

What’s the gayest place in North Dakota? According to the facts, Fargo is the gayest place in North Dakota for 2020.

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.

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The 10 Gayest Cities In North Dakota For 2020

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 53,359
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 299 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.77% (1st 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.

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 9,962
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Gay Households: 34 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.68% (2nd highest)
More on Mandan:  Data | Photos

Grand Forks, ND

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 24,991
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 67 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.24% (3rd 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.

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 31,893
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 32 (5th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.08% (4th 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.

Beulah, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 1,380
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (5th highest)
More on Beulah:  Data | Photos

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 2,179
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (6th highest)
More on Watford City:  Data | Photos

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,282
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 51 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (7th 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.

Valley City, ND

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,164
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (8th 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

8
/10

Households: 1,353
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (9th highest)
More on Rugby:  Data | Photos

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 20,278
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 0 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.0% (10th highest)
More on Minot:  Data | Photos

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.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in North Dakota for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in North Dakota, we used the 2014-2018 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 18 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 0.77% gay households. You can download the data here.

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 For 2020

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:

  • Williston
  • Lincoln
  • Devils Lake

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In North Dakota

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Fargo 53,359 0.77%
2 Mandan 9,962 0.68%
3 Grand Forks 24,991 0.24%
4 Bismarck 31,893 0.08%
5 Beulah 1,380 0.0%
6 Watford City 2,179 0.0%
7 Wahpeton 3,282 0.0%
8 Valley City 3,164 0.0%
9 Rugby 1,353 0.0%
10 Minot 20,278 0.0%
11 Jamestown 6,697 0.0%
12 West Fargo 13,389 0.0%
13 Hazen 1,081 0.0%
14 Grafton 1,810 0.0%
15 Dickinson 9,126 0.0%
16 Devils Lake 3,396 0.0%
17 Lincoln 1,279 0.0%
18 Williston 10,656 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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