Gayest Places In Virginia For 2020


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 0.29% of Virginia residents is gay? That ranks as the number 19 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 9,486 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 87 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Virginia for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Virginia For 2020

  1. Wise (Photos)
  2. Berryville (Photos)
  3. Luray (Photos)
  4. Winchester (Photos)
  5. South Hill (Photos)
  6. Windsor
  7. Alexandria (Photos)
  8. Richmond (Photos)
  9. Crewe
  10. Front Royal (Photos)

What’s the gayest place in Virginia? According to the facts, Wise is the gayest place in Virginia for 2020.

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:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Virginia For 2020

Wise, VA

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Households: 1,329
Rank Last Year: 56 (Up 55)
Gay Households: 34 (21st highest)
% Gay Households: 5.12% (1st highest)
More on Wise:  Data | Photos

Berryville, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,518
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 20 (29th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.64% (2nd highest)
More on Berryville:  Data | Photos

Luray, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,894
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Gay Households: 15 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.58% (3rd highest)
More on Luray:  Data | Photos

Winchester, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 10,554
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 79 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.5% (4th 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.

South Hill, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,739
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 40)
Gay Households: 11 (40th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.27% (5th highest)
More on South Hill:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,022
Rank Last Year:
Gay Households: 6 (43rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.17% (6th highest)
More on Windsor:  Data

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Households: 69,979
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 536 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.87% (7th 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.

Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 89,846
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 582 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.81% (8th highest)
More on Richmond:  Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,026
Rank Last Year: 83 (Up 74)
Gay Households: 4 (46th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.78% (9th highest)
More on Crewe:  Data

Front Royal, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 5,624
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Gay Households: 17 (30th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.6% (10th highest)
More on Front Royal:  Data | Photos

Front Royal is a town in Warren County, Virginia, United States. The population was 14,440 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Virginia for 2020

In order to rank the gayest cities in Virginia, we used the 2014-2018 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 87 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 5.12% gay households. You can download the data here.

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 For 2020

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
  • Covington
  • Marion

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Virginia

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Wise 1,329 5.12%
2 Berryville 1,518 2.64%
3 Luray 1,894 1.58%
4 Winchester 10,554 1.5%
5 South Hill 1,739 1.27%
6 Windsor 1,022 1.17%
7 Alexandria 69,979 0.87%
8 Richmond 89,846 0.81%
9 Crewe 1,026 0.78%
10 Front Royal 5,624 0.6%
11 Roanoke 42,037 0.6%
12 Manassas Park 4,706 0.59%
13 Fairfax 8,553 0.54%
14 Manassas 12,749 0.38%
15 Charlottesville 18,613 0.38%
16 Blacksburg 13,436 0.37%
17 Culpeper 6,112 0.36%
18 Waynesboro 9,144 0.35%
19 Norfolk 88,155 0.34%
20 Herndon 7,706 0.31%
21 Harrisonburg 16,768 0.29%
22 Leesburg 17,456 0.26%
23 Chesapeake 84,230 0.26%
24 Staunton 10,520 0.25%
25 Danville 18,479 0.21%
26 Virginia Beach 169,290 0.18%
27 Newport News 69,324 0.16%
28 Suffolk 33,198 0.12%
29 Lynchburg 28,069 0.11%
30 Hampton 53,700 0.1%
31 Portsmouth 36,471 0.08%
32 Salem 9,881 0.04%
33 Poquoson 4,615 0.0%
34 Pulaski 3,828 0.0%
35 Petersburg 13,274 0.0%
36 Purcellville 2,953 0.0%
37 Pearisburg 1,014 0.0%
38 Abingdon 3,842 0.0%
39 Smithfield 3,236 0.0%
40 Richlands 2,412 0.0%
41 Rocky Mount 2,123 0.0%
42 Shenandoah 1,028 0.0%
43 South Boston 2,915 0.0%
44 Strasburg 2,664 0.0%
45 Tazewell 1,666 0.0%
46 Timberville 1,070 0.0%
47 Vienna 5,470 0.0%
48 Vinton 3,498 0.0%
49 Warrenton 3,764 0.0%
50 West Point 1,324 0.0%
51 Williamsburg 4,670 0.0%
52 Radford 5,438 0.0%
53 Orange 1,793 0.0%
54 Lexington 1,984 0.0%
55 Martinsville 5,630 0.0%
56 Altavista 1,458 0.0%
57 Amherst 1,049 0.0%
58 Ashland 2,727 0.0%
59 Big Stone Gap 1,713 0.0%
60 Blackstone 1,158 0.0%
61 Bluefield 2,139 0.0%
62 Bridgewater 2,175 0.0%
63 Bristol 7,402 0.0%
64 Broadway 1,651 0.0%
65 Buena Vista 2,539 0.0%
66 Chincoteague 1,523 0.0%
67 Christiansburg 9,416 0.0%
68 Clifton Forge 1,535 0.0%
69 Colonial Beach 1,571 0.0%
70 Norton 1,819 0.0%
71 Colonial Heights 7,054 0.0%
72 Dumfries 1,518 0.0%
73 Elkton 1,287 0.0%
74 Emporia 2,119 0.0%
75 Falls Church 5,262 0.0%
76 Farmville 2,316 0.0%
77 Franklin 3,526 0.0%
78 Fredericksburg 10,582 0.0%
79 Galax 2,742 0.0%
80 Grottoes 1,166 0.0%
81 Hillsville 1,256 0.0%
82 Hopewell 9,193 0.0%
83 Lebanon 1,416 0.0%
84 Woodstock 2,158 0.0%
85 Marion 2,480 0.0%
86 Covington 2,409 0.0%
87 Wytheville 3,659 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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