New study ranks best LGBT cities in the world

San Francisco

San Francisco ranked 10th in Nestpick’s 100 best gay cities in the world

On the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Nestpick, a Berlin-based online housing platform, has issued a list of the 100 best LGBT cities in the world. For a city to rank strongly they focused on the following criteria: LGBT dating scene, nightlife, open minded citizens, and low levels of hate crime.  They also looked at national laws that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, such as the right to get married or adopt children.

Based on Nestpick’s findings the top five cities are: Madrid, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tel Aviv and London. New York City (9th) and San Francisco (10th) are the highest rated US cities. Below is the full list of US cities that made the cut.

US City Rankings
9. New York City
10. San Francisco
24. Austin
27. Miami
36. Portland (OR)
40. Los Angeles
45. Chicago
52. Boston
55. Seattle
58. Las Vegas

poem, poetry, casual encountersAmerican cities that didn’t make this list, that surprised me are:  Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. but that is largely based on nightlife and maybe the other metrics used made them drop off the list.

It’s no coincidence that the world’s most exciting cities have a strong LGBT community, contributing much to the dynamism, openness and prosperity which defines locations such as Madrid, Amsterdam and Berlin”, Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick.

To review the complete list of city rankings or to read more about their methodology visit,


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