As Pride Month approaches, a personal finance blog tallied up a list of “the most gay-friendly cities in America.” According to NerdWallet, California cities like Palm Springs and San Francisco topped the list.
According to their blog, they based their criteria on “municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance.”
Palm Springs won the award mainly for its popular Pride festival that highlights the LGBT community’s history of activism, while having a prosperous LGBT culture.
According to NerdWallet, around “8.6 percent of households consisted of same-sex partners.”
The survey consistently rated the cities with three questions: “Do the laws support gay residents? Is there a LGBT community and can you find peer support? Is the community safe and tolerant toward gays?”
NerdWallet referenced the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, the US Census for percentages on unmarried same-sex households and the overall hate crimes in each of the cities according to the FBI Crime Statistics.
With a prosperous LGBT community with deep roots in the LGBT rights movement, San Francisco gained major points for its LGBT establishments like the Castro District and Harvey Milk Square.
In the top ten, five cities were from California even though the state is still undergoing legal battles to revoke their marriage equality ban.
The three remaining California cities are Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Each of the cities had many LGBT establishments and resource centers, while attracting thousands to their pride festivals.
The other non-California city entries were Cambridge in Massachusetts, Portland in Oregon, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and New York.
In total, NerdWallet surveyed 88 cities.