These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Tennessee


We looked at years of data to determine which Tennessee 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 0.34% of Tennessee residents is gay? That ranks 32 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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:

  1. Dayton (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Jasper (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Fayetteville (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Decherd (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Greenbrier (Jobs)
  6. Mount Pleasant (Jobs)
  7. Mckenzie (Jobs)
  8. Winchester (Photos | Jobs)
  9. White Bluff (Jobs)
  10. La Vergne (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Dayton

Dayton, Tennessee

Households: 2,622
Gay Households: 71
% Gay Households: 2.71%
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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.

2. Jasper

Jasper, Tennessee

Households: 1,273
Gay Households: 22
% Gay Households: 1.73%
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3. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Tennessee

Households: 3,176
Gay Households: 53
% Gay Households: 1.67%
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Fayetteville is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,994 at the 2000 census, and 6,827 at the 2010 census. A census estimate from 2012 showed 7,072.

4. Decherd

Decherd, Tennessee

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Households: 1,052
Gay Households: 15
% Gay Households: 1.43%
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5. Greenbrier


Households: 2,709
Gay Households: 37
% Gay Households: 1.37%
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6. Mount Pleasant


Households: 1,945
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.34%
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7. Mckenzie


Households: 2,354
Gay Households: 27
% Gay Households: 1.15%
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8. Winchester

Winchester, Tennessee

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Households: 3,700
Gay Households: 42
% Gay Households: 1.14%
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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.

9. White Bluff


Households: 1,201
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 1.08%
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10. La Vergne

La Vergne, Tennessee

Households: 10,920
Gay Households: 93
% Gay Households: 0.85%
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How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Tennessee?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Tennessee, 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 139 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Dayton ended up being the the most gay place with 2.71% gay households.

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

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:

  1. Woodbury
  2. Madisonville
  3. Jellico

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Dayton 2.71% 71 2,622
2 Jasper 1.73% 22 1,273
3 Fayetteville 1.67% 53 3,176
4 Decherd 1.43% 15 1,052
5 Greenbrier 1.37% 37 2,709
6 Mount Pleasant 1.34% 26 1,945
7 Mckenzie 1.15% 27 2,354
8 Winchester 1.14% 42 3,700
9 White Bluff 1.08% 13 1,201
10 La Vergne 0.85% 93 10,920
11 Soddy-Daisy 0.81% 43 5,283
12 Hohenwald 0.77% 12 1,559
13 Knoxville 0.7% 563 80,594
14 Trenton 0.67% 12 1,783
15 Mountain City 0.66% 7 1,068
16 Louisville 0.62% 10 1,603
17 Lebanon 0.62% 67 10,750
18 Union City 0.62% 28 4,514
19 Chattanooga 0.61% 433 70,730
20 Lakeland 0.61% 26 4,276
21 Church Hill 0.59% 16 2,718
22 Camden 0.58% 9 1,554
23 Signal Mountain 0.55% 17 3,079
24 Columbia 0.53% 76 14,265
25 Sweetwater 0.51% 12 2,371
26 Memphis 0.49% 1,240 251,620
27 Johnson City 0.49% 137 27,872
28 Sevierville 0.47% 27 5,786
29 Collegedale 0.47% 16 3,429
30 Hendersonville 0.46% 97 20,955
31 Selmer 0.46% 8 1,738
32 Savannah 0.45% 12 2,686
33 Mount Juliet 0.42% 45 10,626
34 Milan 0.41% 12 2,949
35 Morristown 0.4% 45 11,388
36 East Ridge 0.39% 35 8,873
37 Rockwood 0.39% 9 2,307
38 Oakland 0.38% 11 2,897
39 Brownsville 0.34% 14 4,146
40 Oak Ridge 0.32% 41 12,627
41 Lawrenceburg 0.31% 14 4,472
42 Brentwood 0.31% 41 13,186
43 Spring Hill 0.31% 34 11,073
44 Cookeville 0.31% 41 13,361
45 Shelbyville 0.3% 23 7,559
46 Tullahoma 0.3% 25 8,285
47 Belle Meade 0.29% 3 1,025
48 Springfield 0.28% 17 6,024
49 Loudon 0.28% 6 2,140
50 Kingsport 0.27% 64 23,322
51 Harriman 0.27% 7 2,562
52 Murfreesboro 0.26% 117 45,554
53 Smyrna 0.25% 42 16,539
54 Red Bank 0.24% 13 5,396
55 Clarksville 0.24% 123 52,108
56 Arlington 0.24% 8 3,391
57 Farragut 0.22% 17 7,767
58 Goodlettsville 0.22% 15 6,854
59 Fairview 0.21% 6 2,890
60 Maryville 0.19% 20 10,319
61 Dyersburg 0.17% 12 7,024
62 Cleveland 0.16% 26 16,322
63 Germantown 0.16% 23 14,760
64 White House 0.16% 6 3,856
65 Covington 0.14% 5 3,476
66 Lewisburg 0.13% 6 4,469
67 Greeneville 0.13% 8 6,144
68 Franklin 0.12% 33 26,674
69 Elizabethton 0.1% 6 5,883
70 Jackson 0.1% 25 25,605
71 Athens 0.09% 5 5,486
72 Bristol 0.07% 8 11,482
73 Bartlett 0.06% 13 20,250
74 Gallatin 0.05% 6 12,296
75 Collierville 0.04% 6 16,256
76 Portland 0.0% 0 4,226
77 Smithville 0.0% 0 1,798
78 Nolensville 0.0% 0 2,029
79 Somerville 0.0% 0 1,231
80 South Pittsburg 0.0% 0 1,297
81 Sparta 0.0% 0 1,928
82 Oak Hill 0.0% 0 1,712
83 Waynesboro 0.0% 0 1,088
84 Rogersville 0.0% 0 1,981
85 Pulaski 0.0% 0 3,132
86 Waverly 0.0% 0 1,668
87 Spring City 0.0% 0 1,068
88 Unicoi 0.0% 0 1,469
89 Oneida 0.0% 0 1,735
90 Paris 0.0% 0 4,281
91 Thompson’S Station 0.0% 0 1,128
92 Ripley 0.0% 0 3,268
93 Pigeon Forge 0.0% 0 2,542
94 Pleasant View 0.0% 0 1,398
95 Oliver Springs 0.0% 0 1,482
96 Newport 0.0% 0 3,066
97 Alcoa 0.0% 0 3,815
98 New Tazewell 0.0% 0 1,309
99 Harrogate 0.0% 0 1,510
100 Gatlinburg 0.0% 0 1,911

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