These Are The 10 Gayest Places In West Virginia


We looked at years of data to determine which West 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 0.28% of West Virginia residents is gay? That ranks 44 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Mountain State.

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

After analyzing 54 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in West Virginia:

  1. Martinsburg (Photos)
  2. Huntington (Photos)
  3. Keyser (Photos)
  4. Dunbar
  5. Charleston (Photos)
  6. Morgantown (Photos)
  7. Follansbee
  8. Hurricane (Photos)
  9. Beckley (Photos)
  10. Bethlehem

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 West Virginia.

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How do you determine the gayest city in West Virginia?

In order to rank the gayest cities in West 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.

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We ranked each place from 1 to 54 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Martinsburg ended up being the the most gay place with 1.02% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in West 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. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 7,048
Gay Households: 72
% Gay Households: 1.02%

2. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 21,148
Gay Households: 188
% Gay Households: 0.89%

3. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,201
Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.77%

4. Dunbar

Source: Google Maps

Households: 3,636
Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 0.77%

5. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 22,919
Gay Households: 174
% Gay Households: 0.76%

6. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 10,055
Gay Households: 75
% Gay Households: 0.75%

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7. Follansbee

Follansbee, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Households: 1,384
Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.72%

8. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 2,407
Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.71%

9. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Households: 7,439
Gay Households: 46
% Gay Households: 0.62%

10. Bethlehem

Source: Google Maps

Households: 1,030
Gay Households: 5
% Gay Households: 0.49%

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Williamstown
  2. Hinton
  3. New Martinsville

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In West Virginia

City Rank % Gay Households Households Gay Households
Martinsburg 1 0.01% 7,048 7,200
Huntington 2 0.01% 21,148 18,800
Keyser 3 0.01% 2,201 1,700
Dunbar 4 0.01% 3,636 2,800
Charleston 5 0.01% 22,919 17,400
Morgantown 6 0.01% 10,055 7,500
Follansbee 7 0.01% 1,384 1,000
Hurricane 8 0.01% 2,407 1,700
Beckley 9 0.01% 7,439 4,600
Bethlehem 10 0.0% 1,030 500
St. Albans 11 0.0% 4,940 2,200
Parkersburg 12 0.0% 13,314 5,600
Clarksburg 13 0.0% 6,725 2,600
South Charleston 14 0.0% 6,293 2,300
Wheeling 15 0.0% 12,738 4,000
Weirton 16 0.0% 8,764 1,900
Oak Hill 17 0.0% 3,165 600
Princeton 18 0.0% 2,868 300
Summersville 19 0.0% 1,587
Vienna 20 0.0% 4,723
Wellsburg 21 0.0% 1,318
Weston 22 0.0% 1,529
Ripley 23 0.0% 1,447
Ravenswood 24 0.0% 1,589
Ranson 25 0.0% 1,712
Westover 26 0.0% 1,696
Point Pleasant 27 0.0% 1,998
White Sulphur Springs 28 0.0% 1,122
Pleasant Valley 29 0.0% 1,374
Philippi 30 0.0% 1,273
Shinnston 31 0.0% 1,032
Barboursville 32 0.0% 1,619
Moorefield 33 0.0% 1,078
Nitro 34 0.0% 3,110
Bluefield 35 0.0% 4,495
Bridgeport 36 0.0% 3,272
Buckhannon 37 0.0% 1,812
Charles Town 38 0.0% 2,033
Chester 39 0.0% 1,181
Elkins 40 0.0% 3,034
Fairmont 41 0.0% 7,598
Fayetteville 42 0.0% 1,319
Paden City 43 0.0% 1,172
Grafton 44 0.0% 2,198
Kenova 45 0.0% 1,424
Kingwood 46 0.0% 1,252
Lewisburg 47 0.0% 1,929
Madison 48 0.0% 1,224
Milton 49 0.0% 1,206
Williamson 50 0.0% 1,405
Moundsville 51 0.0% 4,105
New Martinsville 52 0.0% 2,166
Hinton 53 0.0% 1,328
Williamstown 54 0.0% 1,268

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