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 53 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.

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.

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1. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

2. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

3. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

4. Dunbar


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

5. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

6. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

7. Follansbee


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

8. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

9. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

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

10. Bethlehem


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:

  1. Williamstown
  2. Nitro
  3. Moundsville

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In West Virginia

City Rank % Gay Households Gay Households Households
Martinsburg 1 0.01% 72 7,048
Huntington 2 0.01% 188 21,148
Keyser 3 0.01% 17 2,201
Dunbar 4 0.01% 28 3,636
Charleston 5 0.01% 174 22,919
Morgantown 6 0.01% 75 10,055
Follansbee 7 0.01% 10 1,384
Hurricane 8 0.01% 17 2,407
Beckley 9 0.01% 46 7,439
Bethlehem 10 0.0% 5 1,030
St. Albans 11 0.0% 22 4,940
Parkersburg 12 0.0% 56 13,314
Clarksburg 13 0.0% 26 6,725
South Charleston 14 0.0% 23 6,293
Wheeling 15 0.0% 40 12,738
Weirton 16 0.0% 19 8,764
Oak Hill 17 0.0% 6 3,165
Princeton 18 0.0% 3 2,868
Paden City 19 0.0% 0 1,172
Summersville 20 0.0% 0 1,587
Vienna 21 0.0% 0 4,723
Wellsburg 22 0.0% 0 1,318
Ripley 23 0.0% 0 1,447
Ravenswood 24 0.0% 0 1,589
Weston 25 0.0% 0 1,529
Point Pleasant 26 0.0% 0 1,998
Pleasant Valley 27 0.0% 0 1,374
Westover 28 0.0% 0 1,696
Philippi 29 0.0% 0 1,273
White Sulphur Springs 30 0.0% 0 1,122
Shinnston 31 0.0% 0 1,032
Barboursville 32 0.0% 0 1,619
Moorefield 33 0.0% 0 1,078
New Martinsville 34 0.0% 0 2,166
Bluefield 35 0.0% 0 4,495
Bridgeport 36 0.0% 0 3,272
Buckhannon 37 0.0% 0 1,812
Charles Town 38 0.0% 0 2,033
Chester 39 0.0% 0 1,181
Elkins 40 0.0% 0 3,034
Fairmont 41 0.0% 0 7,598
Fayetteville 42 0.0% 0 1,319
Grafton 43 0.0% 0 2,198
Hinton 44 0.0% 0 1,328
Kenova 45 0.0% 0 1,424
Kingwood 46 0.0% 0 1,252
Lewisburg 47 0.0% 0 1,929
Madison 48 0.0% 0 1,224
Milton 49 0.0% 0 1,206
Williamson 50 0.0% 0 1,405
Moundsville 51 0.0% 0 4,105
Nitro 52 0.0% 0 3,110
Williamstown 53 0.0% 0 1,268

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