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 84 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Virginia:
- Big Stone Gap (Photos)
- Dumfries (Photos)
- Alexandria (Photos)
- Marion (Photos)
- Galax (Photos)
- Blacksburg (Photos)
- Richmond (Photos)
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.
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.
We ranked each place from 1 to 84 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.
1. Big Stone Gap
Population: 1,680Gay Households: 87
% Gay Households: 5.18%
Population: 1,427Gay Households: 23
% Gay Households: 1.61%
Population: 1,643Gay Households: 26
% Gay Households: 1.58%
Population: 1,617Gay Households: 24
% Gay Households: 1.48%
Population: 65,916Gay Households: 887
% Gay Households: 1.35%
Population: 2,633Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.22%
Population: 2,968Gay Households: 32
% Gay Households: 1.08%
Population: 13,581Gay Households: 134
% Gay Households: 0.99%
Population: 85,913Gay Households: 812
% Gay Households: 0.95%
Population: 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:
- Buena Vista
For more Virginia reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Virginia – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Virginia – RoadSnacks
- These 10 Virginia Cities Are Happier Than You Are.
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Virginia
|City||Rank||% Gay Households|
|Big Stone Gap||1||0.05%|