Gayest Places In Oregon 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 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 0.38% of Oregon residents is gay? That ranks as the number 10 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 7,355 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 107 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Oregon for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Oregon For 2020

  1. Seaside (Photos)
  2. Sweet Home (Photos)
  3. Milwaukie (Photos)
  4. Phoenix (Photos)
  5. Coos Bay (Photos)
  6. Hood River (Photos)
  7. Portland (Photos)
  8. Warrenton (Photos)
  9. Redmond (Photos)
  10. Monmouth (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Oregon? According to the facts, Seaside is the gayest place in Oregon 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.

For more Oregon reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Oregon For 2020

Seaside, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,890
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 42 (24th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.91% (1st 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.

Sweet Home, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 3,603
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 50 (22nd highest)
% Gay Households: 2.78% (2nd 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.”

Milwaukie, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 9,101
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 110 (9th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.91% (3rd 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.

Phoenix, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 2,252
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 17 (38th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.51% (4th highest)
More on Phoenix:  Data | Photos

Coos Bay, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 6,794
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 51 (21st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.27% (5th highest)
More on Coos Bay:  Data | Photos

Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The city borders the city of North Bend, and together they are often referred to as one entity called either Coos Bay-North Bend or the Bay Area. Coos Bay’s population as of the 2010 census was 15,967 residents, making it the largest city on the Oregon Coast.

Hood River, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 3,494
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 41 (25th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.14% (6th highest)
More on Hood River:  Data | Photos

The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. It is a port on the Columbia River, and is named for the nearby Hood River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,167.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 264,428
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 2,857 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.06% (7th 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.

Warrenton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 2,044
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 9 (52nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.88% (8th highest)
More on Warrenton:  Data | Photos

Warrenton is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The city is named for D.K. Warren, an early settler. The population estimate 5,282 in 2016, according to the US Census Bureau.

Redmond, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 11,292
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 60 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.85% (9th highest)
More on Redmond:  Data | Photos

Redmond is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated on July 6, 1910, the city is on the eastern side of Oregon’s Cascade Range, in the High Desert in Central Oregon. From Redmond there is access to recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and golf. Redmond is a full-service municipality and one of the fastest-growing industrial and residential communities in Oregon. Redmond had a population of 26,215 in 2010, and the population continues to grow at a rate of about 8percent each year.

Monmouth, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 3,392
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 65 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.83% (10th highest)
More on Monmouth:  Data | Photos

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.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Oregon, 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 107 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 2.91% gay households. You can download the data here.

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 For 2020

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:

  • Woodburn
  • Newberg
  • Estacada

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Oregon

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Seaside 2,890 2.91%
2 Sweet Home 3,603 2.78%
3 Milwaukie 9,101 1.91%
4 Phoenix 2,252 1.51%
5 Coos Bay 6,794 1.27%
6 Hood River 3,494 1.14%
7 Portland 264,428 1.06%
8 Warrenton 2,044 0.88%
9 Redmond 11,292 0.85%
10 Monmouth 3,392 0.83%
11 Forest Grove 8,320 0.82%
12 Reedsport 1,754 0.8%
13 Independence 3,232 0.68%
14 Beaverton 39,452 0.62%
15 Hermiston 6,198 0.61%
16 Astoria 4,534 0.57%
17 Pendleton 5,947 0.57%
18 Silverton 3,758 0.53%
19 Tigard 21,016 0.48%
20 Lake Oswego 16,492 0.47%
21 Lincoln City 3,947 0.46%
22 Gresham 40,051 0.43%
23 Salem 59,693 0.35%
24 Oregon City 13,089 0.35%
25 Springfield 24,522 0.34%
26 Troutdale 5,700 0.32%
27 Tualatin 10,833 0.28%
28 Hillsboro 38,371 0.27%
29 Newport 4,560 0.26%
30 Wilsonville 9,474 0.23%
31 Eugene 68,855 0.22%
32 Happy Valley 6,278 0.22%
33 Hubbard 1,078 0.19%
34 Ashland 9,816 0.16%
35 Medford 31,655 0.15%
36 Mcminnville 12,462 0.14%
37 Albany 20,469 0.08%
38 Corvallis 22,554 0.07%
39 Cornelius 3,631 0.0%
40 Coquille 1,623 0.0%
41 Rogue River 1,153 0.0%
42 Roseburg 10,322 0.0%
43 Central Point 6,892 0.0%
44 Sandy 3,969 0.0%
45 Scappoose 2,697 0.0%
46 Cave Junction 1,041 0.0%
47 Shady Cove 1,397 0.0%
48 Sheridan 1,549 0.0%
49 Sherwood 6,498 0.0%
50 Canby 6,412 0.0%
51 Burns 1,273 0.0%
52 St. Helens 4,997 0.0%
53 Stayton 2,838 0.0%
54 Grants Pass 15,158 0.0%
55 Sutherlin 3,260 0.0%
56 Winston 2,294 0.0%
57 Aumsville 1,333 0.0%
58 West Linn 9,846 0.0%
59 Baker City 4,116 0.0%
60 Veneta 1,869 0.0%
61 Umatilla 1,802 0.0%
62 Prineville 4,145 0.0%
63 Bandon 1,518 0.0%
64 Toledo 1,388 0.0%
65 Tillamook 2,284 0.0%
66 Boardman 1,075 0.0%
67 The Dalles 6,300 0.0%
68 Talent 2,980 0.0%
69 Brookings 2,814 0.0%
70 Bend 37,339 0.0%
71 Sublimity 1,173 0.0%
72 Cottage Grove 3,968 0.0%
73 Philomath 1,777 0.0%
74 Florence 4,322 0.0%
75 Lebanon 6,795 0.0%
76 Lakeview 1,252 0.0%
77 Gladstone 4,577 0.0%
78 Lafayette 1,295 0.0%
79 La Grande 5,328 0.0%
80 Madras 2,322 0.0%
81 Klamath Falls 9,015 0.0%
82 Keizer 13,850 0.0%
83 Junction City 2,290 0.0%
84 John Day 1,030 0.0%
85 Jefferson 1,057 0.0%
86 Jacksonville 1,483 0.0%
87 Gold Beach 1,107 0.0%
88 King City 1,900 0.0%
89 Harrisburg 1,183 0.0%
90 Wood Village 1,142 0.0%
91 Milton-Freewater 2,401 0.0%
92 Creswell 2,022 0.0%
93 Dallas 6,116 0.0%
94 Ontario 4,207 0.0%
95 Oakridge 1,433 0.0%
96 Nyssa 1,043 0.0%
97 North Bend 3,837 0.0%
98 Fairview 3,651 0.0%
99 Dundee 1,081 0.0%
100 Myrtle Point 1,052 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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