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 0.23% of South Dakota residents is gay? That ranks 48 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Mount Rushmore State.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in South Dakota.
After analyzing 28 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in South Dakota:
- Vermillion (Photos)
- Belle Fourche (Photos)
- Box Elder
- Hot Springs
- Rapid City (Photos)
- Sioux Falls (Photos)
- Mitchell (Photos)
- Huron (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. You can also check out the most conservative places in South Dakota.
How do you determine the gayest city in South Dakota?
In order to rank the gayest cities in South Dakota, we used the 2009-2014 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 28 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, Vermillion ended up being the the most gay place with 1.13% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in South Dakota. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.
Population: 3,902Gay Households: 44
% Gay Households: 1.13%
2. Belle Fourche
Population: 2,285Gay Households: 19
% Gay Households: 0.83%
3. Box Elder
Population: 2,974 Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 0.81%
Population: 1,008Gay Households: 4
% Gay Households: 0.4%
5. Hot Springs
Population: 1,660Gay Households: 6
% Gay Households: 0.36%
Population: 1,128 Gay Households: 4
% Gay Households: 0.35%
7. Rapid City
Population: 28,244Gay Households: 95
% Gay Households: 0.34%
8. Sioux Falls
Population: 64,197Gay Households: 204
% Gay Households: 0.32%
Population: 6,843Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 0.29%
Population: 5,416Gay Households: 11
% Gay Households: 0.2%
There You Have It
If you’re looking at the number of gay households in South Dakota, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in South Dakota:
- North Sioux City
For more South Dakota reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In South Dakota – RoadSnacks
- If You’re From South Dakota This Will Be The Highlight Of Your Day. No Doubt.
- 10 Small Towns In South Dakota Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In South Dakota
|City||Rank||% Gay Households|
|North Sioux City||27||0.0%|