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 84 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.

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.

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1. Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

2. Chincoteague

Chincoteague, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

3. Orange

Orange, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

4. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

6. Marion

Marion, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

7. Galax

Galax, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

8. Blacksburg

Blacksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

9. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

10. Broadway


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:

  1. Pearisburg
  2. Franklin
  3. Buena Vista

For more Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Virginia

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Big Stone Gap 1 0.05% 87 1,680
Chincoteague 2 0.02% 23 1,427
Orange 3 0.02% 26 1,643
Dumfries 4 0.01% 24 1,617
Alexandria 5 0.01% 887 65,916
Marion 6 0.01% 32 2,633
Galax 7 0.01% 32 2,968
Blacksburg 8 0.01% 134 13,581
Richmond 9 0.01% 812 85,913
Broadway 10 0.01% 13 1,502
Abingdon 11 0.01% 29 3,850
Warrenton 12 0.01% 28 3,839
Fredericksburg 13 0.01% 70 9,849
Fairfax 14 0.01% 58 8,480
Colonial Heights 15 0.01% 47 7,025
Waynesboro 16 0.01% 56 8,878
Tazewell 17 0.01% 12 1,995
Luray 18 0.01% 12 1,999
Hampton 19 0.01% 304 52,700
Suffolk 20 0.01% 180 30,798
Staunton 21 0.01% 60 10,503
Wise 22 0.01% 8 1,415
Leesburg 23 0.01% 86 15,098
Front Royal 24 0.01% 33 5,855
Norfolk 25 0.01% 477 86,397
Lexington 26 0.01% 9 1,727
Winchester 27 0.01% 54 10,692
Culpeper 28 0.01% 31 6,041
Wytheville 29 0.0% 19 3,946
Roanoke 30 0.0% 206 42,549
Charlottesville 31 0.0% 83 17,604
Williamsburg 32 0.0% 20 4,365
Martinsville 33 0.0% 27 5,974
Purcellville 34 0.0% 11 2,495
Salem 35 0.0% 42 9,953
Falls Church 36 0.0% 20 4,966
Bridgewater 37 0.0% 7 1,838
Grottoes 38 0.0% 4 1,096
Portsmouth 39 0.0% 131 36,764
Hopewell 40 0.0% 31 8,774
Vienna 41 0.0% 19 5,542
Virginia Beach 42 0.0% 558 165,296
Christiansburg 43 0.0% 28 8,963
Herndon 44 0.0% 24 7,680
Ashland 45 0.0% 8 2,609
Harrisonburg 46 0.0% 45 15,881
Newport News 47 0.0% 189 68,987
Lynchburg 48 0.0% 73 28,424
Chesapeake 49 0.0% 203 80,388
Manassas 50 0.0% 31 12,274
Danville 51 0.0% 43 18,520
Petersburg 52 0.0% 26 12,515
Manassas Park 53 0.0% 9 4,526
Bristol 54 0.0% 14 7,764
Pulaski 55 0.0% 6 4,028
Norton 56 0.0% 0 1,655
Bluefield 57 0.0% 0 2,211
Blackstone 58 0.0% 0 1,502
Timberville 59 0.0% 0 1,120
Farmville 60 0.0% 0 2,590
Vinton 61 0.0% 0 3,438
Berryville 62 0.0% 0 1,668
Emporia 63 0.0% 0 2,420
West Point 64 0.0% 0 1,408
Elkton 65 0.0% 0 1,242
Crewe 66 0.0% 0 1,002
Altavista 67 0.0% 0 1,475
Covington 68 0.0% 0 2,468
Strasburg 69 0.0% 0 2,831
South Hill 70 0.0% 0 1,926
South Boston 71 0.0% 0 3,323
Smithfield 72 0.0% 0 3,200
Colonial Beach 73 0.0% 0 1,592
Rocky Mount 74 0.0% 0 2,376
Clifton Forge 75 0.0% 0 1,610
Richlands 76 0.0% 0 2,414
Radford 77 0.0% 0 5,333
Hillsville 78 0.0% 0 1,232
Lebanon 79 0.0% 0 1,412
Poquoson 80 0.0% 0 4,627
Woodstock 81 0.0% 0 2,026
Buena Vista 82 0.0% 0 2,741
Franklin 83 0.0% 0 3,580
Pearisburg 84 0.0% 0 1,236

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