Metro Moves: Cities for LGBTQ Newlyweds

By Meredith Jenkins

Are you ready to marry your love and make a home? Find out which cities other same-sex couples choose to call home!

According to a review of tax documents and Census Bureau data published in The New York Times, there are some places where married same-sex couples are more likely to form communities. If you’re a newlywed looking for cities with lots of other LGBTQ couples, be sure to give these locations a shot.

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Washington, DC Metropolitan Region
The Nation’s Capital region is the second most popular place to settle down for married same-sex couples. Beltway politics aside, Washington, DC ranks #2 for male-male couples and #6 for female-female couples. Two of the city’s densely populated suburbs—Silver Spring, MD and Arlington, VA—also rank high: Silver Spring comes in at #12 for female-female couples, whereas Arlington ranks #16 for male-male couples. LGBTQ culture is rich in the region. The nation’s oldest lesbian bar, Phase 1, set up shop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1970. The Dupont Circle neighborhood, which, along with neighborhoods in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, became a part of the burgeoning out-and-proud gay movement of the 1970s. 

Boston
Although most closely associated with baseball, there’s good reason that same-sex couples flock to Boston and the state of Massachusetts at-large. Boston landed at #10 for gay married couples while the Western Massachusetts city of Springfield was the fourth most popular city for lesbian married couples. Notably, back in 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriage. 

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 Portland
This uber-cool, progressive Pacific Northwest port city has long been a haven for LGBTQ people. Recently, Census data showed that more than five percent of the population identifies as LGBTQ, so it’s no surprise that it’s the eighth most popular city for female-female married couples and 18th most popular city for male-male married couples.