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2022’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

Everyone wants the American dream — a home in a safe and supportive community — including LGBTQ people.

That’s why LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities this Pride Month.

We compared nearly 200 of the biggest U.S. cities based on 19 indicators of an ideal LGBTQ city, such as their equality index, the share of same-sex households, and the presence of LGBTQ support groups.

We also factored in affordability, safety, access to LGBTQ-friendly health care, and Pride-readiness.

Check out the best and worst cities for the LGBTQ population below.

1. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, California
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Overall: 71.69

Equality: 1

Community Support: 4

Affordability: 177

Safety: 139

Health Care Access: 2

Pride-Readiness: 3

2. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Overall: 71.33

Equality: 105

Community Support: 1

Affordability: 42

Safety: 75

Health Care Access: 12

Pride-Readiness: 4

3. Orlando, FL

Orlando, Florida
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Overall: 62.75

Equality: 105

Community Support: 2

Affordability: 65

Safety: 101

Health Care Access: 24

Pride-Readiness: 2

4. Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington
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Overall: 62.08

Equality: 22

Community Support: 6

Affordability: 125

Safety: 170

Health Care Access: 1

Pride-Readiness: 18

5. Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh
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Overall: 60.47

Equality: 83

Community Support: 7

Affordability: 76

Safety: 97

Health Care Access: 5

Pride-Readiness: 12

6. Atlanta, GA

Fulton County Georgia
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Overall: 59.42

Equality: 123

Community Support: 5

Affordability: 10

Safety: 105

Health Care Access: 7

Pride-Readiness: 6

7. Portland, OR

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Overall: 59.17

Equality: 24

Community Support: 9

Affordability: 129

Safety: 145

Health Care Access: 21

Pride-Readiness: 50

8. Richmond, VA

Richmond, Virginia
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Overall: 58.89

Equality: 47

Community Support: 11

Affordability: 89

Safety: 58

Health Care Access: 25

Pride-Readiness: 25

9. Denver, CO

Denver, Colorado
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Overall: 58.14

Equality: 10

Community Support: 13

Affordability: 39

Safety: 166

Health Care Access: 16

Pride-Readiness: 13

10. Providence, RI

Providence College
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Overall: 57.65

Equality: 35

Community Support: 24

Affordability: 155

Safety: 42

Health Care Access: 27

Pride-Readiness: 7

11. Boston, MA

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Overall: 57.61

Equality: 31

Community Support: 10

Affordability: 161

Safety: 164

Health Care Access: 10

Pride-Readiness: 45

12. Oakland, CA

Oakland, California
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Overall: 57.57

Equality: 1

Community Support: 14

Affordability: 171

Safety: 148

Health Care Access: 17

Pride-Readiness: 47

13. Long Beach, CA

Long Beach California homes
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Overall: 57.29

Equality: 1

Community Support: 19

Affordability: 188

Safety: 79

Health Care Access: 61

Pride-Readiness: 15

14. Sacramento, CA

Sacramento, California
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Overall: 56.91

Equality: 1

Community Support: 15

Affordability: 156

Safety: 85

Health Care Access: 48

Pride-Readiness: 37

15. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas homes
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Overall: 56.32

Equality: 16

Community Support: 38

Affordability: 84

Safety: 87

Health Care Access: 72

Pride-Readiness: 5

Methodology

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We ranked 196 of the largest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 196) based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across all the weighted metrics listed below.

  • Municipal Equality Index Score
  • State Equality Index Score
  • Same-Sex Households per 1,000 Households
  • LGBTQ Support/Resource Centers per 100,000 Residents
  • LGBTQ Support Groups per 100,000 Residents (1=Yes, 0=No)
  • LGBTQ Social Groups per 100,000 Residents
  • LGBTQ Nonprofits and Charities per 100,000 Residents
  • Metropolitan Community Churches per 100,000 Residents
  • Unitarian Universalist Churches per 100,000 Residents
  • Presence of LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Annual Household Income
  • Sexual Orientation- and Gender-Related Hate Crimes per 100,000 Residents
  • Crime Index
  • LGBTQ-Friendly Health Providers per 100,000 Residents
  • LGBTQ-Friendly Therapists per 100,000 Residents
  • Number of Pride Events
  • Gay Bars and Clubs per 100,000 Residents
  • LGBTQ-Friendly Accommodations per 100,000 Residents

Sources: CenterLink, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gay Pride Calendar, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, GreatNonprofits, Human Rights Campaign, Metropolitan Community Churches, misterb&b, Movement Advancement Project, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Unitarian Universalist Association, and Yelp

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