Top 10 US Cities With Biggest Growing LGBT Populations

Thinking about moving? Is one criteria a decent-sized LGBT community? If so, you might want to consider heading to Fort Lauderdale. The Floridian city has the biggest growing gay and lesbian population in the US between 2000 and 2010. I’ve visited Fort Lauderdale and I can understand why people are migrating there. It’s gorgeous, sunny and has a vibrant gay community, plus, it’s close to Miami.

If you’re wondering how the city beat out major metropolises such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, there are a couple of theories. One is a cheaper housing market and the other is proximity to another major LGBT-friendly city. That line of thinking explains how Portland and Long Beach landed in the Top 3. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

  • 1. Fort Lauderdale, FL 11.2% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 2. Portland, OR 6.7% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 3. Long Beach, CA 6.1% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 4. St. Petersburg, FL 5.8% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 5. Oakland, CA 4.8% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 6. St. Louis, MO 4.8% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 7. Washington, D.C. 4.5% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 8. Pasadena, CA 4.3% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 9. Manchester, NH 4.1% increase (per 1,000 households)
  • 10 Victorville, CA 3.9% increase (per 1,000 households)

For more details about how the calculations behind the rankings, click here.

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