These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Virginia


We looked at years of data to determine which Virginia 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 0.42% of Virginia residents is gay? That ranks 24 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Old Dominion.

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

After analyzing 85 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Virginia:

  1. Big Stone Gap (Photos)
  2. Chincoteague
  3. Orange
  4. Dumfries (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Marion (Photos)
  7. Galax (Photos)
  8. Blacksburg (Photos)
  9. Richmond (Photos)
  10. Broadway

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 Virginia.

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How do you determine the gayest city in Virginia?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Virginia, 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.

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We ranked each place from 1 to 85 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Big Stone Gap ended up being the the most gay place with 5.18% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Virginia. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

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1. Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,680
Gay Households: 87
% Gay Households: 5.18%

2. Chincoteague

Chincoteague, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,427
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.61%

3. Orange

Orange, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,643
Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.58%

4. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 1,617
Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 1.48%

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 65,916
Gay Households: 887
% Gay Households: 1.35%

6. Marion

Marion, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,633
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.22%

7. Galax

Galax, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,968
Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.08%

8. Blacksburg

Blacksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 13,581
Gay Households: 134
% Gay Households: 0.99%

9. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 85,913
Gay Households: 812
% Gay Households: 0.95%

10. Broadway

Broadway, Virginia

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,502
Gay Households: 13
% Gay Households: 0.87%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Farmville
  2. Crewe
  3. Norton
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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Virginia

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Big Stone Gap 1 0.05% 1,680 8,700
Chincoteague 2 0.02% 1,427 2,300
Orange 3 0.02% 1,643 2,600
Dumfries 4 0.01% 1,617 2,400
Alexandria 5 0.01% 65,916 88,700
Marion 6 0.01% 2,633 3,200
Galax 7 0.01% 2,968 3,200
Blacksburg 8 0.01% 13,581 13,400
Richmond 9 0.01% 85,913 81,200
Broadway 10 0.01% 1,502 1,300
Abingdon 11 0.01% 3,850 2,900
Warrenton 12 0.01% 3,839 2,800
Fredericksburg 13 0.01% 9,849 7,000
Fairfax 14 0.01% 8,480 5,800
Colonial Heights 15 0.01% 7,025 4,700
Waynesboro 16 0.01% 8,878 5,600
Tazewell 17 0.01% 1,995 1,200
Luray 18 0.01% 1,999 1,200
Hampton 19 0.01% 52,700 30,400
Suffolk 20 0.01% 30,798 18,000
Staunton 21 0.01% 10,503 6,000
Wise 22 0.01% 1,415 800
Leesburg 23 0.01% 15,098 8,600
Front Royal 24 0.01% 5,855 3,300
Norfolk 25 0.01% 86,397 47,700
Lexington 26 0.01% 1,727 900
Culpeper 27 0.01% 6,041 3,100
Winchester 28 0.01% 10,692 5,400
Roanoke 29 0.0% 42,549 20,600
Wytheville 30 0.0% 3,946 1,900
Charlottesville 31 0.0% 17,604 8,300
Williamsburg 32 0.0% 4,365 2,000
Martinsville 33 0.0% 5,974 2,700
Purcellville 34 0.0% 2,495 1,100
Salem 35 0.0% 9,953 4,200
Falls Church 36 0.0% 4,966 2,000
Bridgewater 37 0.0% 1,838 700
Portsmouth 38 0.0% 36,764 13,100
Grottoes 39 0.0% 1,096 400
Hopewell 40 0.0% 8,774 3,100
Vienna 41 0.0% 5,542 1,900
Virginia Beach 42 0.0% 165,296 55,800
Herndon 43 0.0% 7,680 2,400
Christiansburg 44 0.0% 8,963 2,800
Ashland 45 0.0% 2,609 800
Harrisonburg 46 0.0% 15,881 4,500
Newport News 47 0.0% 68,987 18,900
Lynchburg 48 0.0% 28,424 7,300
Chesapeake 49 0.0% 80,388 20,300
Manassas 50 0.0% 12,274 3,100
Danville 51 0.0% 18,520 4,300
Petersburg 52 0.0% 12,515 2,600
Manassas Park 53 0.0% 4,526 900
Bristol 54 0.0% 7,764 1,400
Pulaski 55 0.0% 4,028 600
Pearisburg 56 0.0% 1,236
Altavista 57 0.0% 1,475
Franklin 58 0.0% 3,580
Clifton Forge 59 0.0% 1,610
West Point 60 0.0% 1,408
Colonial Beach 61 0.0% 1,592
Hillsville 63 0.0% 1,232
Vinton 64 0.0% 3,438
Lebanon 65 0.0% 1,412
Timberville 66 0.0% 1,120
Berryville 67 0.0% 1,668
Blackstone 68 0.0% 1,502
Strasburg 69 0.0% 2,831
Bluefield 70 0.0% 2,211
South Hill 71 0.0% 1,926
South Boston 72 0.0% 3,323
Smithfield 73 0.0% 3,200
Woodstock 74 0.0% 2,026
Rocky Mount 75 0.0% 2,376
Covington 76 0.0% 2,468
Emporia 77 0.0% 2,420
Richlands 78 0.0% 2,414
Radford 79 0.0% 5,333
Buena Vista 80 0.0% 2,741
Elkton 81 0.0% 1,242
Poquoson 82 0.0% 4,627
Norton 83 0.0% 1,655
Crewe 84 0.0% 1,002
Farmville 85 0.0% 2,590

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