Friday, June 21, 2024

New data reveals the most (and least) LGBTQ-friendly cities in America

Clever, a real estate data company, has published a new study that ranks America’s most LGBTQ-friendly major cities, and there are few surprises in their findings!

San Francisco earned the No. 1 spot, while Memphis took the bottom spot as the least LGBTQ-friendly city.

What are some of the reasons San Francisco is so great for the LGBTQ community? For starters, with 0.63 gay bars per 100,000 residents, San Fran has 110% more gay bars than the average city in the study. However, it’s beaten out by New Orleans, in No. 10 spot, which has a remarkable 1.43 gay bars per 100,000 residents – the highest of any other metropolitan area.

As the least LGBTQ-friendly city, 36% of Memphis residents oppose same-sex marriage — 33% more than the overall national response of 27%.

California stands as the most LGBTQ-friendly state overall, with five cities in the top 15. California also leads the study with a near-perfect state equality tally score of 43 out of a possible 43.5, an impressive 157% higher than the national average of 16.7. The state equality tally score measures how inclusive, or exclusive, a state is in regards to policies that affect LGBTQ residents.

The big surprises? New York City is missing from the Top 10! The Big Apple comes in at #20, behind Boston, Seattle, and Cleveland. And Dallas and Miami make it into the least friendly Top 10.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most LGBT-friendly cities:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Hartford, CT
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Portland, OR
  5. Denver, CO
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Sacramento, CA
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. New Orleans, LA

The least-friendly cities for our community according to the report are:

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL
  4. Birmingham, AL
  5. Miami, FL
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Oklahoma City, OK
  8. Tampa, FL
  9. St. Louis, MO
  10. Kansas City, MO

Read the full report here: 2023 Data: The Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

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