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 0.27% of West Virginia residents is gay? That ranks 41 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 52 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in West Virginia:

  1. Ravenswood (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Dunbar (Jobs)
  3. Clarksburg (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Wellsburg (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Hurricane (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Charleston (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Milton (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Moundsville (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Follansbee (Jobs)
  10. Parkersburg (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more West Virginia reading, check out:

1. Ravenswood

Ravenswood, West Virginia

Source: Public domain

Households: 1,461
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 1.37%
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2. Dunbar


Households: 3,717
Gay Households: 39
% Gay Households: 1.05%
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Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

3. Clarksburg

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Households: 6,584
Gay Households: 67
% Gay Households: 1.02%
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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.

4. Wellsburg

Wellsburg, West Virginia

Source: Public domain

Households: 1,345
Gay Households: 12
% Gay Households: 0.89%
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5. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Households: 2,396
Gay Households: 20
% Gay Households: 0.83%
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Hurricane is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 6,284 at the 2010 census.

6. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Households: 22,472
Gay Households: 177
% Gay Households: 0.79%
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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.

7. Milton

Milton, West Virginia

Households: 1,154
Gay Households: 9
% Gay Households: 0.78%
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8. Moundsville

Moundsville, West Virginia

Households: 4,003
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 0.62%
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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.

9. Follansbee


Households: 1,297
Gay Households: 7
% Gay Households: 0.54%
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10. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Public domain

Households: 13,372
Gay Households: 72
% Gay Households: 0.54%
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Parkersburg is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, West Virginia, United States. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, it is the state’s third-largest city and the largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna metropolitan area. The population was 31,492 at the 2010 census. Its peak of population was more than 44,000 in 1960. The city is about 14 miles south of Marietta, Ohio.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in West Virginia, we used the 2011-2016 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 52 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Ravenswood ended up being the the most gay place with 1.37% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in West Virginia

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. Moorefield

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Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In West Virginia

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Ravenswood 1.37% 20 1,461
2 Dunbar 1.05% 39 3,717
3 Clarksburg 1.02% 67 6,584
4 Wellsburg 0.89% 12 1,345
5 Hurricane 0.83% 20 2,396
6 Charleston 0.79% 177 22,472
7 Milton 0.78% 9 1,154
8 Moundsville 0.62% 25 4,003
9 Follansbee 0.54% 7 1,297
10 Parkersburg 0.54% 72 13,372
11 Martinsburg 0.53% 38 7,143
12 Huntington 0.52% 108 20,590
13 Morgantown 0.47% 47 9,952
14 Weston 0.47% 8 1,720
15 Beckley 0.46% 34 7,449
16 Fairmont 0.41% 30 7,380
17 Weirton 0.37% 32 8,665
18 Buckhannon 0.32% 6 1,864
19 Oak Hill 0.31% 11 3,518
20 St. Albans 0.25% 12 4,744
21 South Charleston 0.19% 12 6,193
22 Wheeling 0.19% 24 12,708
23 Princeton 0.15% 4 2,726
24 Vienna 0.06% 3 4,684
25 Ripley 0.0% 0 1,532
26 Paden City 0.0% 0 1,126
27 Point Pleasant 0.0% 0 1,958
28 Pleasant Valley 0.0% 0 1,354
29 Philippi 0.0% 0 1,396
30 Westover 0.0% 0 1,771
31 White Sulphur Springs 0.0% 0 1,120
32 Summersville 0.0% 0 1,798
33 Barboursville 0.0% 0 1,689
34 New Martinsville 0.0% 0 2,194
35 Bethlehem 0.0% 0 1,056
36 Bluefield 0.0% 0 4,197
37 Bridgeport 0.0% 0 3,357
38 Charles Town 0.0% 0 2,155
39 Chester 0.0% 0 1,252
40 Elkins 0.0% 0 3,111
41 Fayetteville 0.0% 0 1,304
42 Nitro 0.0% 0 2,985
43 Grafton 0.0% 0 2,138
44 Kenova 0.0% 0 1,352
45 Keyser 0.0% 0 2,108
46 Kingwood 0.0% 0 1,187
47 Lewisburg 0.0% 0 1,943
48 Madison 0.0% 0 1,245
49 Williamson 0.0% 0 1,398
50 Moorefield 0.0% 0 1,349
51 Hinton 0.0% 0 1,262
52 Williamstown 0.0% 0 1,266

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