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 0.37% of Virginia residents is gay? That ranks 25 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 | Jobs)
  2. Berryville (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Orange (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Warrenton (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Alexandria (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Chincoteague (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Abingdon (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Blacksburg (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Luray (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Richmond (Photos | Jobs)

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

1. Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Households: 1,817
Gay Households: 67
% Gay Households: 3.69%
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Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census.

2. Berryville

Berryville, Virginia

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Households: 1,555
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 2.12%
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3. Orange

Orange, Virginia

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Households: 1,753
Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.31%
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4. Warrenton

Warrenton, Virginia

Households: 3,802
Gay Households: 46
% Gay Households: 1.21%
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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.

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Households: 68,063
Gay Households: 782
% Gay Households: 1.15%
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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.

6. Chincoteague

Chincoteague, Virginia

Households: 1,382
Gay Households: 15
% Gay Households: 1.09%
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7. Abingdon

Abingdon, Virginia

Households: 3,971
Gay Households: 39
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, 133 miles southwest of Roanoke. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street.

8. Blacksburg

Blacksburg, Virginia

Households: 13,938
Gay Households: 136
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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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.

9. Luray

Luray, Virginia

Households: 1,850
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 0.86%
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10. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Households: 88,958
Gay Households: 736
% Gay Households: 0.83%
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Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond Region. It was incorporated in 1742, and has been an independent city since 1871.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Virginia, 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 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 3.69% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Virginia

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. Wytheville
  2. Emporia
  3. Pulaski

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Virginia

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Big Stone Gap 3.69% 67 1,817
2 Berryville 2.12% 33 1,555
3 Orange 1.31% 23 1,753
4 Warrenton 1.21% 46 3,802
5 Alexandria 1.15% 782 68,063
6 Chincoteague 1.09% 15 1,382
7 Abingdon 0.98% 39 3,971
8 Blacksburg 0.98% 136 13,938
9 Luray 0.86% 16 1,850
10 Richmond 0.83% 736 88,958
11 Galax 0.8% 22 2,767
12 Winchester 0.69% 73 10,596
13 Salem 0.6% 60 10,060
14 Fredericksburg 0.59% 61 10,271
15 Timberville 0.59% 6 1,017
16 Roanoke 0.58% 246 42,541
17 Colonial Heights 0.57% 41 7,206
18 Staunton 0.54% 56 10,383
19 Falls Church 0.53% 28 5,301
20 Norfolk 0.49% 430 87,367
21 Petersburg 0.48% 63 13,175
22 Hopewell 0.47% 42 8,866
23 Charlottesville 0.47% 84 17,980
24 Broadway 0.47% 7 1,499
25 Purcellville 0.45% 12 2,669
26 Grottoes 0.45% 5 1,114
27 Hampton 0.44% 237 53,656
28 Culpeper 0.41% 25 6,078
29 Newport News 0.41% 284 69,247
30 Chesapeake 0.41% 337 82,573
31 Portsmouth 0.4% 149 36,840
32 Leesburg 0.39% 64 16,296
33 Bridgewater 0.39% 8 2,051
34 Manassas 0.39% 48 12,430
35 Suffolk 0.38% 121 31,741
36 Tazewell 0.38% 7 1,855
37 Waynesboro 0.32% 29 9,044
38 Marion 0.32% 8 2,507
39 Fairfax 0.32% 27 8,476
40 Lynchburg 0.31% 88 28,282
41 Herndon 0.29% 22 7,573
42 Christiansburg 0.28% 27 9,533
43 Manassas Park 0.27% 13 4,730
44 Harrisonburg 0.26% 44 16,626
45 Ashland 0.26% 7 2,700
46 Virginia Beach 0.25% 424 167,509
47 Danville 0.25% 47 18,653
48 Bristol 0.25% 19 7,671
49 Williamsburg 0.24% 11 4,627
50 Front Royal 0.17% 10 5,789
51 Martinsville 0.16% 9 5,787
52 Vienna 0.05% 3 5,516
53 South Hill 0.0% 0 1,668
54 Smithfield 0.0% 0 3,247
55 Wise 0.0% 0 1,298
56 Shenandoah 0.0% 0 1,094
57 Vinton 0.0% 0 3,423
58 Rocky Mount 0.0% 0 2,162
59 West Point 0.0% 0 1,400
60 South Boston 0.0% 0 3,064
61 Strasburg 0.0% 0 2,761
62 Lexington 0.0% 0 1,856
63 Radford 0.0% 0 5,604
64 Altavista 0.0% 0 1,440
65 Blackstone 0.0% 0 1,271
66 Bluefield 0.0% 0 2,123
67 Buena Vista 0.0% 0 2,709
68 Clifton Forge 0.0% 0 1,616
69 Colonial Beach 0.0% 0 1,686
70 Covington 0.0% 0 2,472
71 Crewe 0.0% 0 1,022
72 Dumfries 0.0% 0 1,601
73 Richlands 0.0% 0 2,462
74 Elkton 0.0% 0 1,216
75 Farmville 0.0% 0 2,357
76 Franklin 0.0% 0 3,424
77 Hillsville 0.0% 0 1,272
78 Lebanon 0.0% 0 1,441
79 Woodstock 0.0% 0 2,110
80 Norton 0.0% 0 1,858
81 Pearisburg 0.0% 0 1,153
82 Poquoson 0.0% 0 4,610
83 Pulaski 0.0% 0 3,923
84 Emporia 0.0% 0 2,210
85 Wytheville 0.0% 0 3,835

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