The Most Gay-Friendly Cities Might Surprise You, Or Restore Your Faith In Humanity

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If you had to guess what US city is the most gay-friendly, which would you choose? Considering how many advances were made as far as LGBT rights in the last week alone, it's actually a little hard to guess who topped NerdWallet's 2014 list of the 20 most LGBT-friendly cities in the US — which is an awesome thing. Though, if you must know, Seattle made number one.

Yep, the emerald city actually beat out San Francisco for the top slot, which ranked second on the list. Compared to last year's top 20, there were a few other wild cards. Atlanta was the only city from the Southeast to make the cut at number three, on account of how few LGBT-related hate crimes occur there, as well as high equality ratings. Two cities from Texas made the list too: Dallas at 17, and Austin (which would probably not surprise anyone who has lived in or visited the city) at number seven.

The weird part? New York didn't make the top five, or even the top 10. It ranked 15th, which is a five place jump from it's spot at number 10 on last year's list.

To determine the list, NerdWallet considered three factors: presence of the gay community, LGBT-friendly laws and opportunity, as well as LGBT safety and tolerance. After crunching out the numbers, they rated each city from one to 100 and ordered them from most gay-friendly to least. The results? Let's take a look.

Here are the top five most LGBT-friendly cities according to NerdWallet:

1. Seattle, WA

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Oakland, CA

5. Long Beach, CA

To see the top 20, visit NerdWallet.com. And Happy Pride!

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