When you think of gay-friendly areas, your first thoughts are probably New York City and San Francisco, right?
Well, sure -- but you'd be surprised at some of the other towns in America that boast the biggest concentrations of gay men and women.
The number crunchers at real estate website Trulia looked at 2010 Census data to determine the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of male and female same-sex couples. Then they looked at the median price of a home per square foot in those areas to gauge their affordability. You probably won't be shocked by which place holds the No. 1 spot, but there were some surprising results.
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Here are the top five neighborhoods with the highest concentration of female and male same-sex couples, respectively. Each slide has the neighborhood's percentage of same-sex households and the average price per square foot of property in that neighborhood.
The first five slides are for female same-sex couples, and the last five are for male same-sex couples.
Concentration of same-sex female couples: 2.2%
Median price per square foot: $197
"One of the things that struck me was the mix of cities that had the highest shares of gay couples," Jed Kolko, Trulia's chief economist, told AOL Real Estate. "Some were expensive, well-known urban neighborhoods; others were more suburban areas or smaller towns which aren't anywhere nearly as well known for having concentrations of gay couples."
One surprising thing: New York isn't very high on the list. Kolko explained that, while NYC does have a high number of gay couples, they simply didn't make up as significant of a percentage, due to New York's large population. The Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan did rank No. 14, though, with a 5.8 percent concentration of male couples.
Another interesting result was the lack of overlap between neighborhoods with high concentrations of male and female same-sex couples.
"Some if it is cost," said Kolko. "When we look at the top neighborhoods for men, we notice they are pretty expensive neighborhoods. The ones with high concentrations of women, and not much for men, tend to be lower-priced." According to Kolko, "the bigger theme is that male couples are more likely to live in neighborhoods with large gay populations than female couples are."
Average sale price: $355,604
Average foreclosure discount: 28.17%
The quintessential California beach town, Santa Cruz is located about 75 miles south of San Francisco. It is comfortably situated between thickly wooded mountains and clean sandy beaches. The Santa Cruz boardwalk entertains children and adults alike: It has an amusement park complete with roller coaster, arcades, mini-golf, bowling, shopping and outdoor concerts.
Average sale price: $237,405
Average foreclosure discount: 30.34%
The Town of Barnstable is comprised of several famous Cape Cod villages, including Hyannis. It's also close to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Hyannis has a large natural harbor and is the largest recreational boating port on Cape Cod. The Kennedy Compound is also located in Barnstable, in the village of Hyannis Port.
Average sale price: $345,799
Average foreclosure discount: 30.56%
Honolulu, Hawaii's capital located on the island of Oahu, offers top quality surfing, famous Waikiki Beach and pristine hiking trails. It also has an exemplary public transportation system, which connects its world class shops and restaurants to its relaxing beaches.
Average sale price: $161,819
Average foreclosure discount: 30.38%
Since Las Vegas isn't on the beach, your best bet for being able to gamble and ride waves is Atlantic City, N.J. Besides its familiar street names (see: Monopoly), the city has a world famous boardwalk lined with casinos, shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
Average sale price: $274,077
Average foreclosure discount: 38.80%
After a long day enjoying the sunny beaches or hiking in majestic mountains, spend the night tasting some of the finest California wines in Santa Barbara's wine country. The city also has a temperate climate year-round, so it is a great place to live if you want to avoid snowy winters and scorching summers.
Average sale price: $156,148
Average foreclosure discount: 40.43%
Marco Island has miles of white-sand beaches and beautiful year-round weather. Naples, just north of Marco Island, also offers white sand beaches and has world class golf courses and exciting outdoor activities. Naples is also close to Everglades National Park.
Average sale price: $78,851
Average foreclosure discount: 44.38%
Texas has beaches, too! Miles of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline extend across Corpus Christi, where there are plenty of sites and attractions. Visit the U.S.S. Lexington Museum or the Texas State Aquarium. For more outdoor adventures, check out Mustang Island State Park, where you can enjoy fishing, bonfires, kayaking and camping.
Average sale price: $93,188
Average foreclosure discount: 45.11%
Another outdoorsy paradise, Vero Beach offers -- not surprisingly -- miles of beaches and is home to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy airboat tours, scuba diving, snorkeling and many other water and beach sports.