These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Rhode Island


We looked at years of data to determine which Rhode Island 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 0.58% of Rhode Island residents is gay? That ranks 2 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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:

  1. Pascoag (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Woonsocket (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Providence (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Cranston (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Valley Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Warwick (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Newport East (Photos | Jobs)
  8. East Providence (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Pawtucket (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Westerly (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

1. Pascoag

Pascoag, Rhode Island

Households: 1,731
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 1.68%
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2. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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Households: 17,248
Gay Households: 225
% Gay Households: 1.3%
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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.

3. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Households: 61,218
Gay Households: 610
% Gay Households: 1.0%
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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.

4. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Households: 30,441
Gay Households: 240
% Gay Households: 0.79%
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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.

5. Valley Falls

Valley Falls, Rhode Island

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Households: 4,717
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 0.78%
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6. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

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Households: 35,179
Gay Households: 266
% Gay Households: 0.76%
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7. Newport East

Newport East, Rhode Island

Households: 4,834
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 0.7%
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8. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Households: 19,605
Gay Households: 113
% Gay Households: 0.58%
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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.

9. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Households: 27,514
Gay Households: 126
% Gay Households: 0.46%
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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.

10. Westerly

Westerly, Rhode Island

Households: 7,684
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 0.43%
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Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Rhode Island, 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 17 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Pascoag ended up being the the most gay place with 1.68% gay households.

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

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:

  1. Wakefield-Peacedale
  2. Tiverton
  3. Narragansett Pier

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Rhode Island

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Pascoag 1.68% 29 1,731
2 Woonsocket 1.3% 225 17,248
3 Providence 1.0% 610 61,218
4 Cranston 0.79% 240 30,441
5 Valley Falls 0.78% 37 4,717
6 Warwick 0.76% 266 35,179
7 Newport East 0.7% 34 4,834
8 East Providence 0.58% 113 19,605
9 Pawtucket 0.46% 126 27,514
10 Westerly 0.43% 33 7,684
11 Greenville 0.4% 13 3,248
12 Newport 0.17% 18 10,688
13 Central Falls 0.13% 8 6,327
14 Cumberland Hill 0.0% 0 3,207
15 Narragansett Pier 0.0% 0 1,837
16 Tiverton 0.0% 0 3,423
17 Wakefield-Peacedale 0.0% 0 3,524

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