These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Oregon


We looked at years of data to determine which Oregon 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 0.56% 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:

  1. King City (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Troutdale (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Seaside (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Shady Cove (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Portland (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Madras (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Oregon City (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Fairview (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Monmouth (Photos | Jobs)
  10. 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

King City, Oregon

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Households: 1,917
Gay Households: 40
% Gay Households: 2.09%
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2. Troutdale

Troutdale, Oregon

Households: 5,896
Gay Households: 90
% Gay Households: 1.53%
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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.

3. Seaside

Seaside, Oregon

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Households: 2,962
Gay Households: 45
% Gay Households: 1.52%
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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

Shady Cove, Oregon

Households: 1,415
Gay Households: 21
% Gay Households: 1.48%
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5. Portland

Portland, Oregon

Households: 256,432
Gay Households: 3,234
% Gay Households: 1.26%
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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.

6. Madras

Madras, Oregon

Households: 2,259
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.15%
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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, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Households: 12,767
Gay Households: 146
% Gay Households: 1.14%
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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.

8. Fairview

Fairview, Oregon

Households: 3,693
Gay Households: 39
% Gay Households: 1.06%
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Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

9. Monmouth

Monmouth, Oregon

Households: 3,301
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 1.0%
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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, Oregon

Households: 5,344
Gay Households: 52
% Gay Households: 0.97%
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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:

  1. Sherwood
  2. Myrtle Creek
  3. Gold Beach

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Oregon

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 King City 2.09% 40 1,917
2 Troutdale 1.53% 90 5,896
3 Seaside 1.52% 45 2,962
4 Shady Cove 1.48% 21 1,415
5 Portland 1.26% 3,234 256,432
6 Madras 1.15% 26 2,259
7 Oregon City 1.14% 146 12,767
8 Fairview 1.06% 39 3,693
9 Monmouth 1.0% 33 3,301
10 La Grande 0.97% 52 5,344
11 Sweet Home 0.93% 33 3,541
12 Stayton 0.87% 25 2,862
13 Ashland 0.87% 84 9,621
14 Lincoln City 0.85% 32 3,748
15 Hood River 0.85% 26 3,070
16 Milwaukie 0.83% 74 8,883
17 Eugene 0.82% 542 66,401
18 Forest Grove 0.79% 62 7,827
19 Phoenix 0.77% 17 2,205
20 Cottage Grove 0.69% 27 3,937
21 Corvallis 0.68% 149 21,981
22 Philomath 0.66% 12 1,820
23 Bend 0.65% 222 34,068
24 Pendleton 0.64% 39 6,072
25 Coos Bay 0.61% 40 6,523
26 Winston 0.58% 12 2,078
27 Umatilla 0.57% 9 1,566
28 Gresham 0.57% 221 38,921
29 Lake Oswego 0.56% 91 16,198
30 Warrenton 0.55% 11 1,998
31 Beaverton 0.53% 201 38,201
32 Springfield 0.5% 120 23,947
33 Talent 0.5% 14 2,823
34 Grants Pass 0.5% 73 14,740
35 Independence 0.49% 16 3,267
36 Hubbard 0.48% 5 1,046
37 Gladstone 0.43% 20 4,698
38 Florence 0.42% 18 4,293
39 Central Point 0.41% 27 6,647
40 West Linn 0.39% 39 10,014
41 Sandy 0.39% 15 3,862
42 Reedsport 0.39% 7 1,809
43 Redmond 0.38% 41 10,696
44 Newport 0.38% 17 4,461
45 Dundee 0.37% 4 1,087
46 Wilsonville 0.35% 30 8,667
47 Salem 0.34% 198 58,193
48 St. Helens 0.33% 16 4,798
49 Happy Valley 0.32% 18 5,579
50 Hillsboro 0.31% 113 36,267
51 Tillamook 0.3% 6 2,017
52 Woodburn 0.29% 23 7,866
53 Klamath Falls 0.28% 25 9,000
54 Tigard 0.27% 54 20,021
55 Tualatin 0.27% 29 10,826
56 Medford 0.26% 78 29,972
57 Molalla 0.25% 8 3,163
58 Dallas 0.24% 14 5,759
59 North Bend 0.24% 9 3,810
60 Albany 0.23% 46 19,730
61 Astoria 0.23% 10 4,393
62 Hermiston 0.22% 14 6,278
63 Mcminnville 0.2% 24 11,992
64 Junction City 0.19% 4 2,092
65 Keizer 0.16% 22 13,789
66 Canby 0.13% 8 6,216
67 The Dalles 0.12% 7 6,029
68 Silverton 0.11% 4 3,563
69 Burns 0.0% 0 1,243
70 Toledo 0.0% 0 1,290
71 Bandon 0.0% 0 1,403
72 Estacada 0.0% 0 1,181
73 Baker City 0.0% 0 4,260
74 Coquille 0.0% 0 1,604
75 Veneta 0.0% 0 1,659
76 Cornelius 0.0% 0 3,366
77 Creswell 0.0% 0 2,008
78 Aumsville 0.0% 0 1,444
79 Sutherlin 0.0% 0 3,197
80 Sublimity 0.0% 0 1,153
81 Damascus 0.0% 0 3,723
82 Eagle Point 0.0% 0 3,254
83 Brookings 0.0% 0 2,887
84 Boardman 0.0% 0 1,018
85 Myrtle Point 0.0% 0 1,003
86 Sheridan 0.0% 0 1,612
87 Newberg 0.0% 0 7,764
88 Mount Angel 0.0% 0 1,150
89 Milton-Freewater 0.0% 0 2,433
90 Oakridge 0.0% 0 1,476
91 Ontario 0.0% 0 4,385
92 Wood Village 0.0% 0 1,242
93 Lebanon 0.0% 0 6,566
94 Lakeview 0.0% 0 1,252
95 Lafayette 0.0% 0 1,158
96 Prineville 0.0% 0 4,123
97 Jefferson 0.0% 0 1,088
98 Rogue River 0.0% 0 1,114
99 Roseburg 0.0% 0 9,744
100 Jacksonville 0.0% 0 1,501

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