Gayest Places In Washington For 2020


We looked at years of data to determine which places in Washington have the most gay households.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the gayest places in Washington.

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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 0.36% of Washington residents is gay? That ranks as the number 12 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 10,407 gay households in The Evergreen State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Washington.

After analyzing 150 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Washington for 2020.

The 10 Gayest Places In Washington For 2020

  1. Colville
  2. Edgewood (Photos)
  3. Tumwater (Photos)
  4. Lake Forest Park (Photos)
  5. Seattle (Photos)
  6. Colfax (Photos)
  7. Bainbridge Island (Photos)
  8. North Bend (Photos)
  9. Kenmore (Photos)
  10. College Place

What’s the gayest place in Washington? According to the facts, Colville is the gayest place in Washington 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 Washington reading, check out:

The 10 Gayest Cities In Washington For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,986
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 28 (44th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.82% (1st highest)
More on Colville:  Data

Edgewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 3,813
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 41 (34th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.15% (2nd highest)
More on Edgewood:  Data | Photos

Edgewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,387 at the 2010 census. Neighboring towns include Milton to the northwest, Federal Way to the north, and Puyallup to the south.

Tumwater, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 9,336
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 105 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.39% (3rd highest)
More on Tumwater:  Data | Photos

Lake Forest Park, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 5,306
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Gay Households: 33 (38th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.24% (4th highest)
More on Lake Forest Park:  Data | Photos

Lake Forest Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States, just north of Seattle. A bedroom community by design, most of the city consists of single-family housing on medium to large-sized lots. Less than 4% of the city land is zoned commercial; most of that is in one location, and there are no industrial areas.

Seattle, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Households: 323,446
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Gay Households: 3,169 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 1.23% (5th highest)
More on Seattle:  Data | Photos

Seattle ) is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 704,352 residents as of 2016, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 100 miles south of the Canada-United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015.

Colfax, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 1,141
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Gay Households: 7 (76th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.23% (6th highest)
More on Colfax:  Data | Photos

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 9,857
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Gay Households: 70 (20th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.22% (7th highest)
More on Bainbridge Island:  Data | Photos

Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.

North Bend, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 2,485
Rank Last Year: 135 (Up 127)
Gay Households: 15 (58th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.21% (8th highest)
More on North Bend:  Data | Photos

North Bend is a city in King County, Washington, United States on the outskirts of the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area. The population was 6,739 in a 2016 census estimate.

Kenmore, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Households: 8,699
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 19)
Gay Households: 72 (19th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.2% (9th highest)
More on Kenmore:  Data | Photos

Kenmore is a city in King County, Washington, United States, along the northernmost shores of Lake Washington. A mix of bedroom community, one-time country retreat, and freshwater industrial port, prominent features include the nation’s largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility at Kenmore Air Harbor, Bastyr University, several waterside parks and marinas, and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the King County bike-trail system. Sites of local historical interest include the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park; and Log Boom Park. Kenmore’s official city flower is the dahlia, the official city bird is the great blue heron, and the official city evergreen is the rhododendron. The population was 20,460 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 3,466
Rank Last Year: 103 (Up 93)
Gay Households: 20 (49th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.15% (10th highest)
More on College Place:  Data

College Place is a city in Walla Walla County, Washington, United States next to Walla Walla, Washington. The population was 8,765 at the time of the 2010 census.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in Washington, 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 150 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 2.82% gay households. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Washington. 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 Washington For 2020

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Washington, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Washington:

  • Zillah
  • Lake Stevens
  • Enumclaw

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In Washington

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Colville 1,986 2.82%
2 Edgewood 3,813 2.15%
3 Tumwater 9,336 1.39%
4 Lake Forest Park 5,306 1.24%
5 Seattle 323,446 1.23%
6 Colfax 1,141 1.23%
7 Bainbridge Island 9,857 1.22%
8 North Bend 2,485 1.21%
9 Kenmore 8,699 1.2%
10 College Place 3,466 1.15%
11 Orting 2,581 0.93%
12 Port Orchard 4,880 0.9%
13 Bellingham 35,694 0.86%
14 Benton City 1,194 0.84%
15 Gig Harbor 3,990 0.65%
16 Redmond 25,358 0.65%
17 University Place 12,933 0.6%
18 Wenatchee 12,562 0.54%
19 Tacoma 82,540 0.5%
20 Seatac 9,671 0.5%
21 Mill Creek 8,168 0.47%
22 Kelso 4,502 0.44%
23 Kirkland 36,143 0.44%
24 Lakewood 24,520 0.44%
25 Burien 18,886 0.43%
26 Hoquiam 3,704 0.43%
27 Poulsbo 4,250 0.42%
28 Oak Harbor 9,380 0.36%
29 Auburn 28,389 0.35%
30 Camas 7,972 0.35%
31 Mount Vernon 12,115 0.35%
32 Des Moines 11,778 0.34%
33 Spokane 89,626 0.32%
34 Lacey 18,711 0.3%
35 Kent 42,815 0.29%
36 Walla Walla 12,144 0.28%
37 Shoreline 22,160 0.28%
38 Puyallup 15,728 0.28%
39 Issaquah 15,333 0.26%
40 Tukwila 7,012 0.26%
41 Everett 42,883 0.26%
42 Yakima 33,557 0.26%
43 Vancouver 71,595 0.25%
44 Anacortes 7,332 0.25%
45 Renton 39,030 0.24%
46 Olympia 22,351 0.23%
47 Edmonds 17,694 0.18%
48 Spokane Valley 40,129 0.18%
49 Federal Way 34,923 0.17%
50 Mukilteo 8,287 0.17%
51 Mountlake Terrace 8,307 0.17%
52 Fife 3,688 0.16%
53 Richland 22,016 0.12%
54 Marysville 24,483 0.09%
55 Bellevue 57,054 0.09%
56 Bothell 17,223 0.08%
57 Bremerton 16,798 0.07%
58 Sammamish 21,218 0.07%
59 Pullman 11,437 0.03%
60 Port Townsend 4,594 0.0%
61 Omak 2,049 0.0%
62 Prosser 2,583 0.0%
63 Othello 2,254 0.0%
64 Pasco 21,283 0.0%
65 Port Angeles 8,480 0.0%
66 Ocean Shores 2,901 0.0%
67 Pacific 2,383 0.0%
68 Aberdeen 6,183 0.0%
69 Raymond 1,105 0.0%
70 Woodland 1,990 0.0%
71 Woodinville 4,971 0.0%
72 White Salmon 1,058 0.0%
73 West Richland 4,642 0.0%
74 Washougal 5,666 0.0%
75 Wapato 1,297 0.0%
76 Union Gap 2,054 0.0%
77 Toppenish 2,441 0.0%
78 Sunnyside 4,358 0.0%
79 Quincy 1,899 0.0%
80 Sumner 4,104 0.0%
81 Steilacoom 2,562 0.0%
82 Stanwood 2,535 0.0%
83 Snoqualmie 4,311 0.0%
84 Snohomish 3,903 0.0%
85 Shelton 3,365 0.0%
86 Sequim 3,586 0.0%
87 Normandy Park 2,869 0.0%
88 Sedro-Woolley 4,021 0.0%
89 Ridgefield 2,497 0.0%
90 Sultan 1,907 0.0%
91 Selah 2,858 0.0%
92 Longview 15,757 0.0%
93 Moxee 1,065 0.0%
94 Duvall 2,584 0.0%
95 Dupont 3,619 0.0%
96 Deer Park 1,486 0.0%
97 Dayton 1,200 0.0%
98 Covington 7,143 0.0%
99 Connell 1,216 0.0%
100 Clyde Hill 1,130 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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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