These Are The 10 Gayest Places In South Carolina


We looked at years of data to determine which South Carolina 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 0.28% of South Carolina residents is gay? That ranks 38 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Palmetto State.

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

After analyzing 99 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in South Carolina:

  1. Ridgeland (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Georgetown (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Clover (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Pageland (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Greenwood (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Winnsboro (Jobs)
  7. Williston (Jobs)
  8. Hollywood (Jobs)
  9. Landrum (Jobs)
  10. Lexington (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Ridgeland

Ridgeland, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Households: 1,321
Gay Households: 52
% Gay Households: 3.94%
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2. Georgetown

Georgetown, South Carolina

Source: Public domain

Households: 3,372
Gay Households: 61
% Gay Households: 1.81%
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Georgetown is the third oldest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and the county seat of Georgetown County, in the Lowcountry. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,163. Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, and Sampit rivers, Georgetown is the second largest seaport in South Carolina, handling over 960,000 tons of materials a year. Georgetown is also the birthplace of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s grandfather, Fraser Robinson. Many of Michelle Obama’s relatives still reside in Georgetown.

3. Clover

Clover, South Carolina

Households: 1,914
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 1.78%
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Clover is a town in York County, South Carolina, United States located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population was at 5,094 within the town limits. Clover is twinned with the Northern Irish town of Larne on County Antrim’s East Coast.

4. Pageland

Pageland, South Carolina

Households: 1,159
Gay Households: 19
% Gay Households: 1.64%
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5. Greenwood

Greenwood, South Carolina

Households: 8,605
Gay Households: 124
% Gay Households: 1.44%
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6. Winnsboro


Households: 1,277
Gay Households: 14
% Gay Households: 1.1%
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7. Williston


Households: 1,125
Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 1.07%
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8. Hollywood


Households: 2,347
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 1.02%
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9. Landrum


Households: 1,036
Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.97%
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10. Lexington

Lexington, South Carolina

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Households: 7,922
Gay Households: 65
% Gay Households: 0.82%
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Lexington is the largest town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. Lexington is a suburb of the state’s capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2016 population is 24,905, and it is the second-largest municipality in the Columbia, South Carolina metropolitan area.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in South Carolina?

In order to rank the gayest cities in South Carolina, 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 99 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Ridgeland ended up being the the most gay place with 3.94% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in South Carolina. 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 South Carolina

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in South Carolina:

  1. York
  2. Mullins
  3. Marion

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In South Carolina

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Ridgeland 3.94% 52 1,321
2 Georgetown 1.81% 61 3,372
3 Clover 1.78% 34 1,914
4 Pageland 1.64% 19 1,159
5 Greenwood 1.44% 124 8,605
6 Winnsboro 1.1% 14 1,277
7 Williston 1.07% 12 1,125
8 Hollywood 1.02% 24 2,347
9 Landrum 0.97% 10 1,036
10 Lexington 0.82% 65 7,922
11 Cayce 0.78% 44 5,663
12 Columbia 0.71% 321 45,255
13 Bishopville 0.61% 7 1,144
14 Conway 0.58% 41 7,082
15 North Myrtle Beach 0.57% 44 7,674
16 Fountain Inn 0.57% 17 3,005
17 North Augusta 0.56% 52 9,239
18 West Columbia 0.56% 41 7,377
19 Port Royal 0.55% 17 3,089
20 Aiken 0.53% 67 12,574
21 Hanahan 0.52% 40 7,664
22 Andrews 0.49% 5 1,012
23 Hardeeville 0.44% 8 1,799
24 North Charleston 0.43% 168 39,156
25 Goose Creek 0.39% 54 13,741
26 Sumter 0.39% 63 16,232
27 Camden 0.39% 12 3,111
28 Myrtle Beach 0.38% 49 12,968
29 Spartanburg 0.37% 57 15,461
30 Clinton 0.37% 10 2,732
31 Charleston 0.34% 184 53,348
32 Greenville 0.34% 93 27,113
33 Hilton Head Island 0.32% 54 16,914
34 Gaffney 0.29% 14 4,792
35 Easley 0.29% 25 8,650
36 Chester 0.26% 6 2,295
37 Greer 0.25% 26 10,601
38 Tega Cay 0.22% 7 3,151
39 Irmo 0.18% 8 4,493
40 Anderson 0.16% 18 10,959
41 Forest Acres 0.16% 8 5,036
42 Mount Pleasant 0.15% 48 31,018
43 Beaufort 0.13% 6 4,633
44 Simpsonville 0.13% 10 7,724
45 Lancaster 0.12% 4 3,278
46 Clemson 0.1% 6 5,987
47 Fort Mill 0.1% 5 5,020
48 Rock Hill 0.1% 27 27,607
49 Florence 0.1% 15 15,404
50 Mauldin 0.07% 7 9,583
51 Summerville 0.02% 4 17,223
52 Union 0.0% 0 3,525
53 Travelers Rest 0.0% 0 1,781
54 Pendleton 0.0% 0 1,412
55 Springdale 0.0% 0 1,073
56 Walhalla 0.0% 0 1,594
57 Walterboro 0.0% 0 2,237
58 Seneca 0.0% 0 3,826
59 Orangeburg 0.0% 0 4,315
60 Westminster 0.0% 0 1,021
61 Williamston 0.0% 0 1,739
62 Surfside Beach 0.0% 0 2,088
63 Saluda 0.0% 0 1,217
64 Newberry 0.0% 0 3,599
65 Ravenel 0.0% 0 1,028
66 Pickens 0.0% 0 1,183
67 Abbeville 0.0% 0 2,243
68 Moncks Corner 0.0% 0 3,236
69 Allendale 0.0% 0 1,260
70 Bamberg 0.0% 0 1,214
71 Barnwell 0.0% 0 1,667
72 Batesburg-Leesville 0.0% 0 2,075
73 Belton 0.0% 0 1,918
74 Bennettsville 0.0% 0 2,918
75 Bluffton 0.0% 0 5,499
76 Burne 0.0% 0 1,034
77 Central 0.0% 0 2,007
78 Cheraw 0.0% 0 2,243
79 Darlington 0.0% 0 2,661
80 Denmark 0.0% 0 1,055
81 Dillon 0.0% 0 2,322
82 Duncan 0.0% 0 1,235
83 Edgefield 0.0% 0 1,189
84 Folly Beach 0.0% 0 1,179
85 Hampton 0.0% 0 1,180
86 Hartsville 0.0% 0 3,213
87 Honea Path 0.0% 0 1,543
88 Woodruff 0.0% 0 1,422
89 Isle Of Palms 0.0% 0 1,880
90 James Island 0.0% 0 5,027
91 Kingstree 0.0% 0 1,407
92 Lake City 0.0% 0 2,436
93 Laurens 0.0% 0 3,796
94 Liberty 0.0% 0 1,403
95 Lyman 0.0% 0 1,390
96 Manning 0.0% 0 1,586
97 Marion 0.0% 0 2,401
98 Mullins 0.0% 0 1,815
99 York 0.0% 0 3,030

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