Despite its and yearly , it turns out that West Hollywood is only the sixth gayest city in America. That’s what the number crunchers at Trulia found when they compared census data and zip codes.
The census doesn’t ask questions about sexual orientation, but it does inquire about the make-up of households. Thus, for Pride month Trulia took a look at the census data for same-sex households.
What the Trulia folks found was that San Francisco’s Castro district tops the list for same-sex male households. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Also not surprising is that two Palm Springs zip codes came in at numbers two and four.
Coming in third place for male households is Provincetown, Massachusetts, while Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale ranked number five.
Then West Hollywood’s infamous 90069 zip code comes in at number six among same-sex male households.
Ranking at number seven is Noe Valley/Glen Park/Diamond Heights neighborhoods in San Francisco. Number eight is Oak Lawn in Dallas, while number nine is Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Among same-sex female couples, West Hollywood doesn’t even make the list, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows the gayborhood. In fact, none of the Southern California zip codes scored for the women.
Topping the female list are Provincetown at number one, Northampton, Mass at numbers two and three and Jamaica Plain in Boston at number four. Rehoboth Beach came in at number five, while Guerneville on the Russian River in northern California is number six.
See acompanying data in the photos section for full details on the rankings.
Median Price Per Square Foot
Because it was Trulia doing the calculations, the website also provided median price per square foot of real estate in each zip code.
In West Hollywood, the median price per square foot in 90069 (roughly Doheny Drive to Sweetzer Avenue) is $481; in 90046 (Sweetzer to La Brea) is $465.
If you think that’s expensive, compare it to New York’s Chelsea district (zip code 10011) at $1199 or the Castro (zip code 94114) at $671.
Trulia found that overall gay men prefer the more expensive areas: "The typical same-sex male couple lives in a zip code with a median price per square foot of $208, compared with $139 for same-sex female couples and $127 for all households."
If you’re wondering why gay couples go for more expensive neighborhoods, Trulia has an answer for that too – kids, or lack thereof.
It seems that 10% of same-sex male couples and 24% of same-sex female couples have kids in the house, compared with 41% of all married and unmarried couples.
“Couples without kids need less space and therefore are better able to afford desirable, expensive urban neighborhoods,” noted the experts at Trulia.