With Pride season getting ready to rain down upon us like so much glitter, consumer information site NerdWallet decided to rank the country’s most gay-friendly cities, based on municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance.
NerdWallet used the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, included the percentage of same-sex households in the region from the U.S. Census, and accounted for the number of hate crimes for sexual orientation per 100,000 residents in a city’s overall score.
And the top 10 gay-friendliest cities are:
|Rank||City||Equality index||Percentage of households that are same-sex partners||# gay hate crimes per 100,000 residents||Overall gay friendliness score|
|1||Palm Springs, CA||95||8.60%||11.1||72|
|2||San Francisco, CA||100||2.60%||2.6||69.4|
|4||Long Beach, CA||100||1.40%||0.6||68.8|
|6||Los Angeles, CA||100||0.80%||0||68.1|
|9||San Diego, CA||100||1.10%||1.4||67.4|
|10||New York, NY||100||0.70%||0.8||67.1|
You can see NerdWallet’s complete rankings here.