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What Are America's Cruisiest Gay Cities?

By December 27, 2012

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West HollywoodOh, the things you learn from press releases. I received an e-release earlier this month about a survey by the largest dating website for sugar daddies, SeekingArrangement.com, revealing the results from a poll of 11,000 gay men, determining the "10 Most Promiscuous Gay Cities in America." I never even knew there was a site out there specifically for sugar-daddy dating, but it makes good sense and clearly fits a well-defined demographic. I did take a look at the site, which is quite extensive, and though it's seemingly more targeted to heterosexual daters, it does have a section as well as blog posts specifically for the gay sugar-daddy market.

And now for the results: in which U.S. cities will you find the highest percentages of guys on the make? I'll preface this by citing a note from SeekingArrangement.com that kicks off the discussion by indicating that, per their survey, "82 percent of gay men claim to join dating websites with the intent to 'hook up.'" That seems pretty plausible, given the popularity of sites and apps like Grindr, Jack'd, Scruff, Adam4Adam, Manhunt, and so on. Also, a note about methodology: the site tabulated results from gay men "who admitted to having 10 or more sexual partners per year."

The top 10 cities are: West Hollywood, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Columbus, Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Houston, and Atlanta.

I can't say I'm shocked by any of these results. I bet more than a few readers will be a little surprised to see Columbus, Ohio on the list, but as I've written before, I consider Columbus one of the most underrated gay destinations in the country - it has a sizable (and very young) gay community and plenty of gay nightlife. It's interesting that Washington, DC, ranks ahead of San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, and other cities arguably more famous for their wild gay clubbing scenes, but on the other hand, DC has always had a well-developed network of gay bars, including some particularly popular strip clubs. And, well, there's never been a shortage of stories about politicos and sexual promiscuity.

On the whole, this list of 10 cities more of list conforms to a list of the 10 U.S. cities with the largest gay-male populations and highest numbers of gay bars. The results appear to be based on total numbers - those cities with the highest numbers of gay men with more than 10 partners in a year - rather than percentages. This would favor larger cities over some smaller ones (Fort Lauderdale, Palm Springs) that might have a high proportion of promiscuous gay men, but that have relatively smaller overall populations. On the other hand, West Hollywood was No. 1 - wondering if perhaps that included all of Los Angeles, as WeHo itself doesn't have a huge population. If there's a city I was a little surprised to see not on the list, it's Denver, which has quite a large gay population and plenty of clubs. Boston and Phoenix/Scottsdale would also appear to be likely candidates.

It's all very interesting. I'd be interested to see a survey that gives some sense of the top cities in terms of gay sugar daddies seeking partners, as I wonder how much overlap there is with the 10 most promiscuous cities. Perhaps there will be a follow-up.

December 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(1) rubengarza says:

where is austin,tx . rated ? we have a very liberal , gay friendly city too !

December 29, 2012 at 3:47 am
(2) gaytravel says:

Houston was the only city in Texas cited in the Top 10 list, but I completely agree that Austin is extremely gay-friendly – it’s one of my favorite cities in the country. I wouldn’t necessarily the results of the survey as an indication of how gay-friendly or liberal your city is, though.

January 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm
(3) Jim SF says:

This survey shows crusiest, not best nightlife (yes, there is a difference, I think)…

I was surprised to see NYC so low on the list.

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