Gayest Places In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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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 0.27% of Tennessee residents is gay? That ranks as the number 28 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 7,825 gay households in The Volunteer State.

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

After analyzing 139 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Tennessee for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Tennessee For 2020

  1. Trenton (Photos)
  2. Greenbrier (Photos)
  3. Dayton (Photos)
  4. Forest Hills
  5. Maryville (Photos)
  6. White Bluff
  7. McKenzie
  8. Athens (Photos)
  9. Winchester (Photos)
  10. Chattanooga (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Tennessee? According to the facts, Trenton is the gayest place in Tennessee 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 Tennessee reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Tennessee For 2020

Trenton, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Households: 1,645
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 31 (22nd highest)
% Gay Households: 3.77% (1st highest)
More on Trenton:  Data | Photos

Greenbrier, TN

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Households: 2,471
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 27 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.7% (2nd highest)
More on Greenbrier:  Data | Photos

Dayton, TN

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Households: 2,407
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 75 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.58% (3rd highest)
More on Dayton:  Data | Photos

Dayton is a city and county seat in Rhea County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,191. The Dayton Urban Cluster, which includes developed areas adjacent to the city and extends south to Graysville, had 10,174 people in 2010.

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Households: 1,823
Rank Last Year: 133 (Up 129)
Gay Households: 14 (42nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.54% (4th highest)
More on Forest Hills:  Data

Maryville, TN

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8
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Households: 10,565
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 111 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.44% (5th highest)
More on Maryville:  Data | Photos

Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Maryville’s population was 27,465 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area.

Overall SnackAbility

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Households: 1,213
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 8 (59th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.32% (6th highest)
More on White Bluff:  Data

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Households: 2,196
Rank Last Year: 74 (Up 67)
Gay Households: 14 (42nd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.28% (7th highest)
More on Mckenzie:  Data

Athens, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Households: 5,564
Rank Last Year: 103 (Up 95)
Gay Households: 49 (16th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.9% (8th highest)
More on Athens:  Data | Photos

Athens is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. It is the county seat of McMinn County and the principal city of the Athens Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens Combined Statistical Area. The population was 13,220 at the 2000 census and 13,458 at the 2010 census.

Winchester, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Households: 3,644
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 36 (20th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.88% (9th highest)
More on Winchester:  Data | Photos

Winchester is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Households: 72,842
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 413 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.74% (10th highest)
More on Chattanooga:  Data | Photos

Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with a population of 176,588 in 2015. The fourth-largest Tennessee city, it is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on the Tennessee River, served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Tennessee, 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 139 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 3.77% gay households. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  • Woodbury
  • Jellico
  • Gatlinburg

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Tennessee

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Trenton 1,645 3.77%
2 Greenbrier 2,471 1.7%
3 Dayton 2,407 1.58%
4 Forest Hills 1,823 1.54%
5 Maryville 10,565 1.44%
6 White Bluff 1,213 1.32%
7 Mckenzie 2,196 1.28%
8 Athens 5,564 0.9%
9 Winchester 3,644 0.88%
10 Chattanooga 72,842 0.74%
11 Shelbyville 7,387 0.65%
12 Knoxville 79,579 0.63%
13 La Vergne 11,121 0.56%
14 Soddy-Daisy 5,668 0.53%
15 Church Hill 2,846 0.49%
16 Memphis 250,812 0.47%
17 Brownsville 4,024 0.45%
18 Lebanon 11,414 0.44%
19 East Ridge 8,716 0.41%
20 Goodlettsville 6,868 0.38%
21 Mount Juliet 11,761 0.37%
22 Sevierville 5,930 0.37%
23 Collierville 17,116 0.32%
24 Greeneville 5,917 0.3%
25 Springfield 6,212 0.29%
26 Spring Hill 12,165 0.26%
27 Red Bank 5,451 0.26%
28 Selmer 1,707 0.23%
29 Clarksville 54,766 0.22%
30 Elizabethton 5,424 0.22%
31 Cookeville 13,725 0.2%
32 Tullahoma 8,191 0.2%
33 Hendersonville 21,238 0.15%
34 Brentwood 13,553 0.15%
35 Gallatin 13,667 0.15%
36 Jackson 25,773 0.11%
37 Johnson City 28,337 0.08%
38 Franklin 28,409 0.08%
39 Smyrna 17,774 0.07%
40 Murfreesboro 48,639 0.04%
41 Newbern 1,246 0.0%
42 Newport 2,672 0.0%
43 Nolensville 2,193 0.0%
44 Mcminnville 5,492 0.0%
45 Millington 4,317 0.0%
46 Medina 1,425 0.0%
47 Mount Pleasant 1,872 0.0%
48 Milan 2,998 0.0%
49 Millersville 2,536 0.0%
50 Mount Carmel 2,105 0.0%
51 Morristown 11,513 0.0%
52 Oak Hill 1,714 0.0%
53 New Tazewell 1,361 0.0%
54 Munford 2,128 0.0%
55 Portland 4,343 0.0%
56 Oakland 3,026 0.0%
57 White House 4,212 0.0%
58 Waverly 1,679 0.0%
59 Union City 4,451 0.0%
60 Unicoi 1,371 0.0%
61 Thompson’s Station 1,644 0.0%
62 Sweetwater 2,133 0.0%
63 Sparta 1,765 0.0%
64 South Pittsburg 1,320 0.0%
65 Somerville 1,199 0.0%
66 Smithville 1,672 0.0%
67 Oak Ridge 12,092 0.0%
68 Signal Mountain 3,075 0.0%
69 Rogersville 1,843 0.0%
70 Rockwood 2,092 0.0%
71 Ripley 3,293 0.0%
72 Pulaski 3,083 0.0%
73 Martin 3,979 0.0%
74 Pleasant View 1,488 0.0%
75 Pigeon Forge 2,482 0.0%
76 Paris 4,147 0.0%
77 Oneida 1,694 0.0%
78 Oliver Springs 1,613 0.0%
79 Savannah 2,662 0.0%
80 Manchester 4,199 0.0%
81 Alcoa 3,895 0.0%
82 Louisville 1,631 0.0%
83 Erwin 2,517 0.0%
84 Dyersburg 6,913 0.0%
85 Dunlap 1,930 0.0%
86 Dresden 1,271 0.0%
87 Dickson 5,798 0.0%
88 Decherd 1,178 0.0%
89 Dandridge 1,100 0.0%
90 Crossville 4,649 0.0%
91 Covington 3,647 0.0%
92 Coope 1,482 0.0%
93 Columbia 14,638 0.0%
94 Collegedale 3,975 0.0%
95 Clinton 4,441 0.0%
96 Cleveland 16,317 0.0%
97 Centerville 1,420 0.0%
98 Carthage 1,024 0.0%
99 Camden 1,546 0.0%
100 Bristol 11,528 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.

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