These Are The 10 Gayest Places In West Virginia For 2019


We looked at years of data to determine which West Virginia cities have the most pride

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in West 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 0.27% of West Virginia residents is gay? That ranks as the number 38 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 1,955 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 55 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in West Virginia for 2019:

  1. Ravenswood (Photos)
  2. Clarksburg (Photos)
  3. Wellsburg (Photos)
  4. Dunbar
  5. Milton (Photos)
  6. Huntington (Photos)
  7. Buckhannon (Photos)
  8. Weirton (Photos)
  9. Moundsville (Photos)
  10. Charleston (Photos)

According to the facts, Ravenswood is the gayest place in West 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 West Virginia reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in West Virginia for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in West 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 55 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 2.32% 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.

Ravenswood, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,377
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 32 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 2.32% (1st highest)
More on Ravenswood:  Data | Photos

Clarksburg, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 6,371
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 70 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 1.1% (2nd highest)
More on Clarksburg:  Data | Photos

Clarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia, United States, in the north-central region of the state. The population of the city was 16,578 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 94,221 in 2014. Clarksburg was named National Small City of the Year in 2011 by the National League of Cities.

Wellsburg, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 1,295
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 14 (13th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.08% (3rd highest)
More on Wellsburg:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Households: 3,757
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 37 (7th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.98% (4th highest)
More on Dunbar:  Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

Milton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Households: 1,197
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Gay Households: 10 (17th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.84% (5th highest)
More on Milton:  Data | Photos

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Households: 20,309
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 159 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.78% (6th highest)
More on Huntington:  Data | Photos

Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 1,952
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Gay Households: 13 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.67% (7th highest)
More on Buckhannon:  Data | Photos

Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in, and the county seat of, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States, and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,639 at the 2010 census. Buckhannon is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held annually on the third week of May. The city is located 115 miles northeast from the capital city of Charleston and 140 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Weirton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Households: 8,309
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Gay Households: 55 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.66% (8th highest)
More on Weirton:  Data | Photos

Weirton is a city in Brooke and Hancock counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located primarily in Hancock County, the city lies in the northern portions of the state’s Northern Panhandle region. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 19,746. It is a principal city within the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 124,454 residents, and by extension part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

Moundsville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Households: 3,666
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 24 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.65% (9th highest)
More on Moundsville:  Data | Photos

Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia metropolitan area. The population was 9,318 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marshall County. The city was named for the nearby ancient Grave Creek Mound, constructed 250 to 100 BC by indigenous people of the Adena culture.

Moundsville was settled in 1771 by English colonists Samuel and James Tomlinson. Fostoria Glass Company was headquartered in Moundsville from 1891 to 1986. The retired West Virginia State Penitentiary operated in Moundsville from 1867 to 1995.

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Households: 22,042
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Gay Households: 140 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.64% (10th highest)
More on Charleston:  Data | Photos

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In West Virginia For 2019

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:

  • Williamstown
  • Granville
  • New Martinsville

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In West Virginia

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Ravenswood 1,377 2.32%
2 Clarksburg 6,371 1.1%
3 Wellsburg 1,295 1.08%
4 Dunbar 3,757 0.98%
5 Milton 1,197 0.84%
6 Huntington 20,309 0.78%
7 Buckhannon 1,952 0.67%
8 Weirton 8,309 0.66%
9 Moundsville 3,666 0.65%
10 Charleston 22,042 0.64%
11 Fairmont 7,490 0.59%
12 Morgantown 10,086 0.51%
13 Weston 1,717 0.47%
14 Martinsburg 7,156 0.46%
15 Paden City 1,133 0.35%
16 Hurricane 2,522 0.32%
17 Parkersburg 13,104 0.24%
18 St. Albans 4,609 0.24%
19 South Charleston 5,841 0.22%
20 Wheeling 12,233 0.14%
21 Princeton 2,583 0.12%
22 Vienna 4,665 0.09%
23 Beckley 7,408 0.08%
24 Summersville 1,758 0.0%
25 Ripley 1,458 0.0%
26 Point Pleasant 1,856 0.0%
27 Pleasant Valley 1,337 0.0%
28 Westover 1,790 0.0%
29 Philippi 1,430 0.0%
30 White Sulphur Springs 1,146 0.0%
31 Petersburg 1,017 0.0%
32 Shinnston 1,037 0.0%
33 Barboursville 1,680 0.0%
34 Moorefield 1,404 0.0%
35 Nitro 2,875 0.0%
36 Bethlehem 1,034 0.0%
37 Bluefield 4,191 0.0%
38 Bridgeport 3,449 0.0%
39 Charles Town 2,279 0.0%
40 Chester 1,318 0.0%
41 Elkins 2,983 0.0%
42 Fayetteville 1,166 0.0%
43 Follansbee 1,330 0.0%
44 Oak Hill 3,574 0.0%
45 Grafton 2,130 0.0%
46 Hinton 1,270 0.0%
47 Kenova 1,329 0.0%
48 Keyser 2,049 0.0%
49 Kingwood 1,180 0.0%
50 Lewisburg 2,001 0.0%
51 Madison 1,228 0.0%
52 Williamson 1,420 0.0%
53 New Martinsville 2,057 0.0%
54 Granville 1,016 0.0%
55 Williamstown 1,230 0.0%