Minneapolis, St. Paul both among most LGBT-friendly cities, study says

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After being outside the top 10 last year, Minneapolis and St. Paul both crack NerdWallet's 2014 list of America's most LGBT-friendly cities.

Asked to explain why Minnesota's two largest cities rose up the ranks, study author Sreekar Jasthi tells us it had to do, in part, with a marriage equality law being signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton last year.

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NerdWallet's methodology includes gay presence (as measured by percentage of households with same-sex partners), LGBT-friendly laws and opportunities (as measured by the Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Municipal Equality Index), and LGBT safety and tolerance.

Somewhat strangely, one factor that pushed Minneapolis down to sixth place is the number of sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents. The most recent crime numbers show there were nearly five per 100,000 residents, which is far and away the highest rate of any city in the top 10.

"With fewer registered hate crimes Minneapolis would likely have been third, just behind San Francisco and Seattle because of its share of same-sex couples," Jasthi says. (Over 2 percent of Minneapolis households contain same-sex partners [2.4 percent to be specific], only behind Seattle [2.6 percent] and San Francisco [2.5 percent] among top 10 cities.)

Though only 1.1 percent of St. Paul households contain a same-sex couple, the city has far less sexual orientation-related hate crimes than Minneapolis -- just 0.34 per 100,000 residents.

"In the safety category, St. Paul ranked really highly, and that's why it ended up in the top 10," Jasthi says.

Here's the full top 10 list:

1. Seattle
2. San Francisco
3. Atlanta
4. Oakland
5. Long Beach
6. Mpls
7. Austin
8. Jersey City
9. St. Paul
10. Chicago

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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11 comments
Keith Morris
Keith Morris

Now if only we could make a top ten most diverse LGBTQ city. Shouldn't be the case that if you go to one gay bar you've been to all, but there you go. Kinda funny how anti-diversity the (L)G(B)(T)(Q) crowd is and not just here but any city in this country.

Miguel Linares
Miguel Linares

Whaaaaattttttt????????!!!!!!!!!! You have to go!

Carrie Buffington
Carrie Buffington

Miguel I've never been to pride and don't remember the last time I was drunk

Miguel Linares
Miguel Linares

Carrie Buffington are we celebrating pride this year??? I want to see you drunk!

John Steitz
John Steitz

We are also in the top 10 list for "cities who are always bragging about how we are in top 10 lists."

Beth Adamek
Beth Adamek

I read that yesterday, very exciting!

lund519
lund519

You straight people don't get it at all, do you? These studies mean as much as a pile of sawdust as long as the actual gay people in this city treat each other like sh!t. I don't care how progressive or gay-friendly the straight people are here. If the rest of the gay community is rude, elitist, overeducated and selfish, it means nothing.

KennyX
KennyX

The summer has only begun.....................

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