Surprises on list of "gayest cities in America"

Thu. July 22, 2010 12:10 AM by News Staff

San Francisco - We all know San Francisco is the gayest city in America.

But is Columbus, Ohio really gayer than Miami or Los Angeles?

A demographer at UCLA says that small towns like Portland (Maine and Oregon) and Springfield, Mass. have a far greater "Gay/Lesbian" index than some big cities like New York.

Chicago doesn't make the top 20.

The "Gay/Lesbian" index is based on the proportion of gay and lesbian couples compared to the overall population.

Here's the complete list:

1. San Francisco
2. Santa Rosa-Petaluma
3. Portland, Maine
4. Boston
5. Seattle
6. Sacramento
7. Austin
8. Portland, Oregon
9. San Diego
10. Springfield, Mass.
11. New York
12. Eugene, Oregon
13. Denver
14. Ithaca
15. Washington, D.C.
16. Columbus, Ohio
17. Ann Arbor, Michigan
18. Los Angeles
19. Dallas
20. Miami