These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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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 0.49% of Oregon residents is gay? That ranks as the number 1 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 7,738 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 106 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Oregon for 2019:

  1. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  2. Troutdale (Photos)
  3. King City (Photos)
  4. Milwaukie (Photos)
  5. Seaside (Photos)
  6. Shady Cove (Photos)
  7. Madras (Photos)
  8. Portland (Photos)
  9. Ashland (Photos)
  10. Sweet Home (Photos)

According to the facts, Cottage Grove is the gayest place in Oregon 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 Oregon reading, check out:

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Oregon, 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 106 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 1.79% 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.

Cottage Grove, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 4,022
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 19)
Gay Households: 72 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.79% (1st highest)
More on Cottage Grove:  Data | Photos

Cottage Grove is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. The population was 9,686 at the 2010 census. Cottage Grove is the third largest city in Lane County. The city is located on Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99, and the main Willamette Valley line of the Union Pacific railroad.

Troutdale, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 5,906
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Gay Households: 89 (13th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.51% (2nd highest)
More on Troutdale:  Data | Photos

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.

King City, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 1,946
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 28 (32nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.44% (3rd highest)
More on King City:  Data | Photos

Milwaukie, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 8,952
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Gay Households: 127 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.42% (4th highest)
More on Milwaukie:  Data | Photos

Milwaukie is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A very small portion of the city extends into Multnomah County. The population was 20,291 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city, known as the Dogwood City of the West, was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. The city is now a suburb of Portland and also adjoins the unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Oak Grove.

Seaside, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,900
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 41 (23rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.41% (5th highest)
More on Seaside:  Data | Photos

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.

Shady Cove, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Households: 1,384
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 18 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.3% (6th highest)
More on Shady Cove:  Data | Photos

Madras, OR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Households: 2,245
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 26 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.16% (7th highest)
More on Madras:  Data | Photos

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.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 260,949
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 2,963 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.14% (8th highest)
More on Portland:  Data | Photos

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.

Ashland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Households: 9,719
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 108 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.11% (9th highest)
More on Ashland:  Data | Photos

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. As of 2015, the city’s population was approaching 21,000.

Sweet Home, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 3,686
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 38 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.03% (10th highest)
More on Sweet Home:  Data | Photos

Sweet Home is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,925 at the 2010 census. According to the city, “Sweet Home is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Santiam Playground’ due to its proximity to nearby lakes, rivers and the Cascade Mountains.”

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

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:

  • Mcminnville
  • Klamath Falls
  • Scappoose

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Oregon

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Cottage Grove 4,022 1.79%
2 Troutdale 5,906 1.51%
3 King City 1,946 1.44%
4 Milwaukie 8,952 1.42%
5 Seaside 2,900 1.41%
6 Shady Cove 1,384 1.3%
7 Madras 2,245 1.16%
8 Portland 260,949 1.14%
9 Ashland 9,719 1.11%
10 Sweet Home 3,686 1.03%
11 Stayton 2,768 0.94%
12 La Grande 5,315 0.9%
13 Hood River 3,191 0.88%
14 Lincoln City 3,785 0.82%
15 Forest Grove 7,955 0.77%
16 Phoenix 2,222 0.77%
17 Oregon City 12,993 0.75%
18 Monmouth 3,382 0.74%
19 Winston 2,167 0.74%
20 Pendleton 6,057 0.63%
21 Umatilla 1,762 0.62%
22 Eugene 67,335 0.59%
23 Coos Bay 6,673 0.58%
24 Grants Pass 15,023 0.57%
25 Corvallis 22,379 0.56%
26 Cornelius 3,438 0.52%
27 Springfield 24,118 0.51%
28 Lake Oswego 16,293 0.49%
29 Talent 2,959 0.47%
30 Salem 58,632 0.47%
31 Beaverton 38,855 0.45%
32 Fairview 3,765 0.45%
33 Gresham 39,281 0.45%
34 Warrenton 2,010 0.45%
35 Central Point 6,948 0.45%
36 Redmond 10,862 0.44%
37 Wilsonville 9,090 0.44%
38 Reedsport 1,827 0.44%
39 St. Helens 4,889 0.43%
40 West Linn 9,898 0.4%
41 Hermiston 6,181 0.39%
42 Tigard 20,421 0.39%
43 Hubbard 1,058 0.38%
44 Independence 3,323 0.36%
45 Newport 4,520 0.33%
46 Astoria 4,565 0.33%
47 Bend 35,311 0.33%
48 Albany 20,049 0.31%
49 Sandy 3,919 0.31%
50 Hillsboro 37,424 0.3%
51 Dundee 1,068 0.28%
52 Junction City 2,139 0.28%
53 Molalla 3,265 0.28%
54 Medford 30,805 0.25%
55 Woodburn 7,909 0.24%
56 Dallas 5,994 0.23%
57 North Bend 3,863 0.23%
58 Happy Valley 6,075 0.23%
59 Silverton 3,520 0.23%
60 Tualatin 10,843 0.21%
61 Gladstone 4,749 0.19%
62 Florence 4,381 0.16%
63 Canby 6,264 0.14%
64 The Dalles 6,180 0.1%
65 Keizer 13,958 0.08%
66 Toledo 1,348 0.0%
67 Aumsville 1,369 0.0%
68 Baker City 4,265 0.0%
69 Eagle Point 3,564 0.0%
70 Damascus 3,745 0.0%
71 Bandon 1,502 0.0%
72 Boardman 1,040 0.0%
73 Burns 1,246 0.0%
74 Sublimity 1,178 0.0%
75 Creswell 2,020 0.0%
76 Coquille 1,661 0.0%
77 Veneta 1,734 0.0%
78 Sherwood 6,479 0.0%
79 Brookings 2,762 0.0%
80 Tillamook 2,041 0.0%
81 Sutherlin 3,263 0.0%
82 Sheridan 1,569 0.0%
83 Wood Village 1,200 0.0%
84 Milton-Freewater 2,386 0.0%
85 Lebanon 6,419 0.0%
86 Lakeview 1,275 0.0%
87 Mount Angel 1,135 0.0%
88 Myrtle Creek 1,291 0.0%
89 Myrtle Point 1,008 0.0%
90 Newberg 8,126 0.0%
91 Lafayette 1,239 0.0%
92 Nyssa 1,016 0.0%
93 Oakridge 1,488 0.0%
94 Estacada 1,290 0.0%
95 Ontario 4,324 0.0%
96 Philomath 1,816 0.0%
97 Jefferson 1,069 0.0%
98 Jacksonville 1,502 0.0%
99 Prineville 4,165 0.0%
100 Harrisburg 1,119 0.0%