These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Virginia For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in Virginia.

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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 0.32% of Virginia residents is gay? That ranks as the number 24 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 9,966 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 for 2019:

  1. Big Stone Gap (Photos)
  2. Berryville (Photos)
  3. South Boston (Photos)
  4. Orange (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Winchester (Photos)
  7. Warrenton (Photos)
  8. Luray (Photos)
  9. Chincoteague (Photos)
  10. Blacksburg (Photos)

According to the facts, Big Stone Gap is the gayest place in Virginia for 2019.

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 Virginia reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Virginia for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in Virginia, we used the 2013-2017 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 85 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 2.67% 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.

Big Stone Gap, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 44 (21st highest)
% Gay Households: 2.67% (1st highest)
More on Big Stone Gap:  Data | Photos

Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census.

Berryville, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,554
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Gay Households: 22 (33rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.42% (2nd highest)
More on Berryville:  Data | Photos

South Boston, VA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Households: 2,918
Rank Last Year: 69 (Up 66)
Gay Households: 35 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.2% (3rd highest)
More on South Boston:  Data | Photos

South Boston, formerly Boyd’s Ferry, is a town in Halifax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,142 at the 2010 census.

Orange, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,781
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 20 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.12% (4th highest)
More on Orange:  Data | Photos

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 68,663
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Gay Households: 746 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.09% (5th highest)
More on Alexandria:  Data | Photos

Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Winchester, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 10,520
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 98 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.93% (6th highest)
More on Winchester:  Data | Photos

Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203. As of 2015, its population is an estimated 27,284. It is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes.

Warrenton, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 3,771
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 35 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.93% (7th highest)
More on Warrenton:  Data | Photos

Warrenton is a town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,611 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,897. Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County. It is at the junction of U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 211. The town is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The well-known Airlie Conference Center is 3 miles north of Warrenton, and the historic Vint Hill Farms military facility is 9 miles east. Fauquier Hospital is located in the town. Surrounded by Virginia wine and horse country, Warrenton is a popular destination outside Washington, D.C.

Luray, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,791
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 16 (37th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.89% (8th highest)
More on Luray:  Data | Photos

Chincoteague, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,423
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 12 (41st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.84% (9th highest)
More on Chincoteague:  Data | Photos

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 13,771
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 103 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.75% (10th highest)
More on Blacksburg:  Data | Photos

Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech.

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In Virginia For 2019

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:

  • Wytheville
  • Poquoson
  • Colonial Beach

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Virginia

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Big Stone Gap 1,650 2.67%
2 Berryville 1,554 1.42%
3 South Boston 2,918 1.2%
4 Orange 1,781 1.12%
5 Alexandria 68,663 1.09%
6 Winchester 10,520 0.93%
7 Warrenton 3,771 0.93%
8 Luray 1,791 0.89%
9 Chincoteague 1,423 0.84%
10 Blacksburg 13,771 0.75%
11 Richmond 89,238 0.73%
12 Falls Church 5,308 0.68%
13 Galax 2,837 0.67%
14 Bristol 7,418 0.66%
15 Grottoes 1,142 0.61%
16 Colonial Heights 7,092 0.59%
17 Culpeper 6,123 0.59%
18 Roanoke 42,333 0.55%
19 Charlottesville 18,408 0.52%
20 Fredericksburg 10,419 0.52%
21 Norton 1,786 0.5%
22 Timberville 1,029 0.49%
23 Norfolk 87,249 0.44%
24 Newport News 68,665 0.43%
25 Staunton 10,477 0.42%
26 Portsmouth 36,616 0.41%
27 Chesapeake 83,031 0.4%
28 Salem 9,997 0.4%
29 Abingdon 3,883 0.39%
30 Christiansburg 9,514 0.38%
31 Hampton 53,555 0.38%
32 Purcellville 2,760 0.36%
33 Fairfax 8,499 0.35%
34 Manassas 12,540 0.35%
35 Petersburg 13,262 0.35%
36 Herndon 7,693 0.3%
37 Front Royal 5,697 0.3%
38 Marion 2,448 0.29%
39 Harrisonburg 16,848 0.28%
40 Manassas Park 4,778 0.27%
41 Lynchburg 28,150 0.25%
42 Danville 18,517 0.24%
43 Suffolk 32,331 0.22%
44 Virginia Beach 167,731 0.19%
45 Waynesboro 9,128 0.16%
46 Leesburg 17,026 0.15%
47 Tazewell 1,686 0.12%
48 Hopewell 9,123 0.11%
49 Williamsburg 4,649 0.06%
50 Vienna 5,573 0.04%
51 Woodstock 2,080 0.0%
52 South Hill 1,573 0.0%
53 Broadway 1,599 0.0%
54 Strasburg 2,668 0.0%
55 Bridgewater 2,114 0.0%
56 Bluefield 2,089 0.0%
57 Vinton 3,453 0.0%
58 Blackstone 1,193 0.0%
59 Ashland 2,759 0.0%
60 Amherst 1,008 0.0%
61 West Point 1,318 0.0%
62 Altavista 1,481 0.0%
63 Wise 1,339 0.0%
64 Buena Vista 2,606 0.0%
65 Smithfield 3,174 0.0%
66 Clifton Forge 1,614 0.0%
67 Rocky Mount 2,237 0.0%
68 Lebanon 1,458 0.0%
69 Martinsville 5,740 0.0%
70 Hillsville 1,361 0.0%
71 Franklin 3,470 0.0%
72 Farmville 2,372 0.0%
73 Emporia 2,119 0.0%
74 Pearisburg 1,049 0.0%
75 Lexington 1,935 0.0%
76 Elkton 1,247 0.0%
77 Dumfries 1,663 0.0%
78 Pulaski 3,986 0.0%
79 Crewe 1,124 0.0%
80 Radford 5,503 0.0%
81 Richlands 2,437 0.0%
82 Covington 2,399 0.0%
83 Colonial Beach 1,611 0.0%
84 Poquoson 4,583 0.0%
85 Wytheville 3,694 0.0%