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 0.56% of Oregon residents is gay? That ranks 3 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Beaver State.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Oregon.
After analyzing 105 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Oregon:
- King City (Photos | Jobs)
- Troutdale (Photos | Jobs)
- Seaside (Photos | Jobs)
- Shady Cove (Photos | Jobs)
- Portland (Photos | Jobs)
- Madras (Photos | Jobs)
- Oregon City (Photos | Jobs)
- Fairview (Photos | Jobs)
- Monmouth (Photos | Jobs)
- La Grande (Photos | Jobs)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Oregon reading, check out:
1. King City
Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, U.S.A., north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,962. The city serves as the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.
Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The name Seaside is derived from Seaside House, a historic summer resort built in the 1870s by railroad magnate Ben Holladay. The city’s population was 6,457 at the 2010 census.
4. Shady Cove
Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The city covers 145 square miles and had an estimated population of 639,863 in 2016, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 2,424,955 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area, making it the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area ranks 18th with a population of 3,160,488. Roughly 60% of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.
Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called “The Basin” after the circular valley the city is in, it is unclear whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called “Madras” that originated in the city of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India, or from the name of the city itself. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.
7. Oregon City
Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Established in 1829 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, in 1844 it became the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,859.
Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.
Monmouth ( is a city in Polk County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was named for Monmouth, Illinois, the origin of its earliest settlers. The population has reached 9,534 as of the 2010 census and it is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.
10. La Grande
La Grande is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. Originally named “Brownsville,” it was forced to change its name because that name was being used for a city in Linn County. Its name comes from an early French settler, Charles Dause, who often used the phrase “La Grande” to describe the area’s beauty. The population was 13,082 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Union County. La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton.
How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Oregon?
In order to rank the gayest cities in Oregon, 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 105 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, King City ended up being the the most gay place with 2.09% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Oregon. 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 Oregon
If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Oregon, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Oregon:
- Myrtle Creek
- Gold Beach
For more Oregon reading, check out:
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- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oregon
- 10 Best Places To Live In Oregon
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Oregon
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