Gayest Places In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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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 0.47% of Rhode Island residents is gay? That ranks as the number 4 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 1,682 gay households in The Ocean State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Rhode Island.

After analyzing 17 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Rhode Island for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Rhode Island For 2020

  1. Woonsocket (Photos)
  2. Newport East (Photos)
  3. Providence (Photos)
  4. Greenville (Photos)
  5. East Providence (Photos)
  6. Pawtucket (Photos)
  7. Cranston (Photos)
  8. Warwick (Photos)
  9. Central Falls (Photos)
  10. Newport (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Rhode Island? According to the facts, Woonsocket is the gayest place in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Rhode Island For 2020

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 16,940
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 150 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.26% (1st highest)
More on Woonsocket:  Data | Photos

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

Newport East, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Households: 5,142
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 38 (7th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.17% (2nd highest)
More on Newport East:  Data | Photos

Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 61,638
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 466 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.98% (3rd highest)
More on Providence:  Data | Photos

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of “God’s merciful Providence” which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Greenville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,356
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 13 (9th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.77% (4th highest)
More on Greenville:  Data | Photos

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 19,668
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 86 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.48% (5th highest)
More on East Providence:  Data | Photos

East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 28,196
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 154 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.46% (6th highest)
More on Pawtucket:  Data | Photos

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 30,754
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 172 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.45% (7th highest)
More on Cranston:  Data | Photos

Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 34,744
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 92 (5th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.39% (8th highest)
More on Warwick:  Data | Photos

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Households: 6,328
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 10 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.32% (9th highest)
More on Central Falls:  Data | Photos

Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 10,546
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 6 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.11% (10th highest)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Rhode Island, 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 17 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 1.26% gay households. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Rhode Island. 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 Rhode Island For 2020

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Rhode Island, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Rhode Island:

  • Pascoag
  • Westerly
  • Cumberland Hill

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Rhode Island

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Woonsocket 16,940 1.26%
2 Newport East 5,142 1.17%
3 Providence 61,638 0.98%
4 Greenville 3,356 0.77%
5 East Providence 19,668 0.48%
6 Pawtucket 28,196 0.46%
7 Cranston 30,754 0.45%
8 Warwick 34,744 0.39%
9 Central Falls 6,328 0.32%
10 Newport 10,546 0.11%
11 Narragansett Pier 1,841 0.0%
12 Tiverton 3,392 0.0%
13 Valley Falls 4,581 0.0%
14 Wakefield-Peacedale 3,576 0.0%
15 Cumberland Hill 3,205 0.0%
16 Westerly 7,554 0.0%
17 Pascoag 1,733 0.0%

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