This somehow seems to become the unofficial gay week here at the AMB. Somebody must have replaced our pure, wholesome, American milk with soy milk or something. Somebody’s even reached back through time and revealed Star Trek (TOS) for what it realy was: a gay love story. Ah, youtube, you bring us all so much humor!

Having run out of cerveza at Casita Angry New Mexican, I’ve decided to follow up my earlier post about sin by state in America with another about sin by metro area before my next beer run (it’s cold and rainy here and I’m too darned lazy to go out). Here we’re considering micro/metro areas, not states so the results are a bit different and perhaps more enlightening. Again, the same caveats about margins of error (they’re in the ACS data, but I didn’t bother with them) apply.

Color Me Relatively Pink (most gay households by percent)

  1. The Villages, FL 3.51%
  2. Allegan, MI 1.81%
  3. Santa Fe, NM 1.77%
  4. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 1.61%
  5. Flagstaff, AZ 1.59%
  6. Columbus, IN 1.58%
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 1.54%
  8. Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 1.53%
  9. Plattsburgh, NY 1.52%
  10. Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 1.40%

There are a few surprises on this one! The lowly Columbus, IN (town population: 39,059) and Allegan, MI (town population: 4,838) rate higher than good old San Francisco, although you can argue that the addition of all the ultraviolent Raiders fans artificially lowers the ranking of the City by the Bay. The strong showing by Flagstaff, AZ and Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA were also a bit surprising (especially the former… looks like Flagstaff gets a different type of retiree than Phoenix does).

Oh yeah. Those of you not from the Land of Enchantment are probably looking at Santa Fe in a different way now. To you I say: shut up.

With that aside over, lets say you’re not so interested in percents, though, and you want absolutes. Well, here’s the same listing by absolute numbers of households. I mean, there are only 1,253 gay households in The Villages, FL (a fitting name, huh?). Even the relatively conservative San Juan, PR (0.35%) has more than twice that. So in some places, absolute size still matters. For that, here you go.

Color Me Absolutely Pink (most gay households by number)

  1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 49,583
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 30,578
  3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 24,064
  4. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 22,928
  5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 18,270
  6. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 17,363
  7. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 16,481
  8. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 16,244
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 15,690
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 14,599

This list more or less reads like a list of America’s biggest cities, in order, with a few exceptions. America’s Second City, home of Lord Dick, Duke of Daily (the city of Chicago, in case you didn’t catch either reference) punches a hair below it’s weight, seeing as it’s #3 by population (after NY and LA). Washington DC, Atlanta and Boston are all heavily over-represented, clocking in around 0.93% as opposed to the 0.74% from NY, LA, Philly, Dallas and Miami. Given DC’s top-of-the-charts performance in our last issue, it’s obvious that straight-laced (and well, straight) government types in Alexandria and Arlington brought the capital’s numbers way down, enough to give San Francisco it’s place in the sun as America’s best city for a Gay Pride Parade.

This article is already too long, but for those heterosexual fornicators in the audience, I highly recommend Ocean City, NJ (11.28% unmarried partner households) which ranks #2 in America, right after… wait for it… The Villages, FL (14.71%). Enjoy!