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Best Cities for Gay Couples

Same-sex couples that want a place to settle down should consider these cities which have relatively high percentages of same-sex couples and high Municipal Equality Index scores, which measures the inclusiveness of municipal laws, policies, and services for LGBTQ people who live and work there.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for gay couples by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 4 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

Same-Sex Couples - Total Points: 39
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  • Proportion of same-sex couple households, city2 - Points: 24
  • Proportion of same-sex couple households, state3 - Points: 15

Laws and Protections - Total Points: 26
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  • Municipal Equality Index1 - Points: 26

Democratic Representatives - Total Points: 21

  • Proportion of elected local and state officials that are Democrats4 - Points: 11
  • Proportion of votes cast in county for Democratic nominee in 2016 Presidential election5 - Points: 7
  • Proportion of votes cast in state for Democratic nominee in 2016 Presidential election5 - Points: 3

LGBTQ Businesses - Total Points: 13

  • Gay bars6 - Points: 7
  • Gay bars per capita6 - Points: 6
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Points doubled for fun calculation
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Points doubled for value calculation

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