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:
- Big Stone Gap (Photos)
- Berryville (Photos)
- South Boston (Photos)
- Orange (Photos)
- Alexandria (Photos)
- Winchester (Photos)
- Warrenton (Photos)
- Luray (Photos)
- Chincoteague (Photos)
- 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:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Virginia
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Virginia
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 is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census.
South Boston, formerly Boyd’s Ferry, is a town in Halifax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,142 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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.
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:
- Colonial Beach
For more Virginia reading, check out:
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- 10 Safest Places In Virginia
- 10 Worst Cities In Virginia For 2017
Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Virginia
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