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 53 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in West Virginia:
- Martinsburg (Photos)
- Huntington (Photos)
- Keyser (Photos)
- Charleston (Photos)
- Morgantown (Photos)
- Hurricane (Photos)
- Beckley (Photos)
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.
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.
We ranked each place from 1 to 53 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.
Population: 7,048Gay Households: 72
% Gay Households: 1.02%
Population: 21,148Gay Households: 188
% Gay Households: 0.89%
Population: 2,201Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.77%
Population: 3,636 Gay Households: 28
% Gay Households: 0.77%
Population: 22,919Gay Households: 174
% Gay Households: 0.76%
Population: 10,055Gay Households: 75
% Gay Households: 0.75%
Population: 1,384 Gay Households: 10
% Gay Households: 0.72%
Population: 2,407Gay Households: 17
% Gay Households: 0.71%
Population: 7,439Gay Households: 46
% Gay Households: 0.62%
Population: 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:
For more West Virginia reading , check out:
- 10 Small Towns In West Virginia Where You’d Never Want To Live – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In West Virginia – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In West Virginia – RoadSnacks
Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In West Virginia
|City||Rank||% Gay Households|
|White Sulphur Springs||30||0.0%|