Our Experts Find the Gayest Cities In South Carolina For 2024

The most LGBTQ-friendly cities in South Carolina for 2024, according to Saturday Night Science, are Ridgeland and Clover. Summary of research on the most LGBTQ-friendly places in South Carolina. We used Saturday Night Science to study the cities in South Carolina that have the highest percentage of households with same-sex couples in 2024. The information is sourced from the American Community Survey 2013-2018 vintage. This survey provides details on gender based on household status. Unfortunately, the Census no longer provides information at the city level. Therefore, this report is based on the most recent available data.

  • Ridgeland has the highest rate of same-sex households in South Carolina. 6.39% of households in Ridgeland consist of gay individuals.
  • The city in South Carolina with the highest number of households where same-sex couples live is Columbia, with a total of 277 gay households.
  • South Carolina ranks as the 37th most gay-friendly state in the United States.

About 0.74% of people living in South Carolina identify as gay. So, there are a total of 15,712 households with gay people in The Palmetto State. Our aim with this post is to use Saturday Night Science and data to find out which cities in South Carolina have a higher population of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Based on our analysis of 98 cities in South Carolina with over 1,000 households, we have identified the cities that are considered the most LGBTQ+ friendly in 2024.

Gayest Cities In South Carolina For 2024


Households: 1,284
Gay Households: 41 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 6.39% (1st highest)


Households: 2,075
Gay Households: 27 (18th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.83% (2nd highest)


Households: 2,151
Gay Households: 19 (28th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.77% (3rd highest)


Households: 2,981
Gay Households: 21 (26th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.41%


Households: 1,154
Gay Households: 6 (44th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.04%


Households: 8,914
Gay Households: 117 (4th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.81%

West Columbia

Households: 8,059
Gay Households: 54 (10th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.69%


Households: 8,073
Gay Households: 43 (12th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.67%

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Method to determine the best cities for same-sex households in South Carolina

We used Saturday Night Science and the 2013-2018 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census to determine the ranking of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in South Carolina. We examined:

  • Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same sex partners

We only analyzed non-CDPs that have more than 1,000 households. We assigned a ranking from 1 to 98 to each place based on the percentage of unmarried, same-sex partner households. The city with the highest percentage of these households is considered the most gay.

In the end, it turned out to be the place with the highest percentage of gay households, at 6.39%. If you want to see the list of all the places in the state ranked from gayest to straighest, just skip to the end. We have made changes to this report for the year 2024. This report is our tenth edition of ranking the most LGBTQ-friendly places in South Carolina.

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