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 0.29% of Utah residents is gay? That ranks 36 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Beehive State.
Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Utah.
After analyzing 96 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Utah:
- Ivins (Photos | Jobs)
- Pleasant View (Jobs)
- Ephraim (Photos | Jobs)
- Park City (Photos | Jobs)
- South Salt Lake (Photos | Jobs)
- West Haven (Photos | Jobs)
- Salt Lake City (Photos | Jobs)
- West Valley City (Photos | Jobs)
- Vernal (Photos | Jobs)
- Midway (Photos | Jobs)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Utah reading, check out:
Ivins is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States and is a part of the St. George Metropolitan Area as a suburb or “bedroom” community. The population was 6,753 at the 2010 census, and it was estimated at 6,930 in 2011. Although Ivins was listed as a town in the 2000 census, it became a city in 1998.
2. Pleasant View
Pleasant View is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 7,979 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is a suburban community of Ogden, Utah.
Ephraim is a city in Sanpete County, Utah, United States. The population was 6,135 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Sanpete County. It is the location of Snow College and is located along U.S. Route 89.
4. Park City
Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The city is 32 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 20 miles from Salt Lake City’s east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 7,558 at the 2010 census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.
5. South Salt Lake
South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census.
6. West Haven
West Haven is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated on July 1, 1991, combining the unincorporated communities of Kanesville and Wilson.
7. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.
8. West Valley City
West Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 129,480 at the 2010 census, making it the second-largest city in Utah. The city incorporated in 1980 from a large, quickly growing unincorporated area, which was variously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the Maverik Center and USANA Amphitheatre.
Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175 miles east of Salt Lake City and 20 miles west of the Colorado border. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,089. The population has since grown to 10,844 as of the 2014 population estimate.
How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Utah?
In order to rank the gayest cities in Utah, 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 96 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.
In the end, Ivins ended up being the the most gay place with 1.88% gay households.
Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Utah. 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 Utah
If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Utah, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Utah:
- Woods Cross
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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Utah
|Rank||City||% Gay Households|
|5||South Salt Lake||0.83%|
|7||Salt Lake City||0.77%|
|8||West Valley City||0.72%|
|17||North Salt Lake||0.49%|