Andersonville, Edgewater top nationwide 'Neighborhood Pride' score; Boystown absent

Fri. June 16, 2017 2:50 PM by News Staff

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Chicago's Boystown didn't rank in the 'Neighborhood Pride' top 10

Chicago, IL - The Andersonville and Edgewater neighborhoods have been ranked as the "gayest" neighborhoods in Chicago - and among the top 10 in the country - according to a recent study conducted by Trulia and dating website OKCupid. 

In honor of Pride Month, Trulia wanted to find out how, and where, demand for living in neighborhoods has changed since the downfall of the housing market in 2012. The real estate website teamed with OKCupid to more accurately measure Pride neighborhoods.

The study ranked Edgewater (60660) as the 6th "gayest" in the country, with 34.0% of its households occupied by single people looking for same-sex partners and 18.6% by same-sex couples. With 53% of its households occupied by LGBT people, Edgewater was the top "gayest" neighborhood in Chicago.

"Edgewater has always prided itself on being an open and welcoming community to people of all nationalities, backgrounds and sexual orientation," Edgewater Chamber of Commerce executive director Katrina Balog told "Recent examples of investment in Edgewater by LGBT business owners include Revival Social Club and the newly opened Lytle House."

Balog added, "Trulia's Neighborhood Pride Score confirms what we've been seeing and hearing: that many LGBT business owners and residents have been moving north from Lakeview to Edgewater."

Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood (60640) was ranked at No. 7 nationwide with 50% of its households occupied by LGBT people — 32.5% of its households occupied by single people looking for same-sex partners and 17.8% by same-sex couples.

"Andersonville has long been a center for LGBT residents and business owners, and now we're seeing more interest along Broadway and the commercial districts adjacent to the red line stops," said Balog.

West Hollywood (California) was ranked the "gayest" neighborhood overall with 75% of its households occupied by LGBT people, easily topping the Castro district in San Francisco (66%). Chicago's Boystown neighborhood didn't rank in the top 10.

Across metro areas, demand to live in communities with higher Pride scores has increased most in New York, New Orleans and Boston, where the premium to live in gay neighborhoods as has increased by 56 percentage points, 52 percentage points and 26 percentage points respectively.

The largest declines are Miami, where the gay population has relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Buffalo and San Francisco.

Trulia worked with OkCupid on the study so that it could get data on the number of single LGBT people in a city. The U.S. Census Bureau provides data on same-sex couples, a practice the Trump administration is considering stopping, but not on single LGBT people. OKCupid was able to provide estimates of the number of LGBT singles from its own research.