Florida: Wilton Manors
Gay life powers this suburb of Fort Lauderdale.
Bona fides: Four of five city commissioners are gay.
Scientists are still parsing through data to determine the gayest strip mall in America, but we're going to go ahead and call it: the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. This plaza is home to Gaymart, Java Boys, Hunters Nightclub, and Georgie's Alibi. (Sadly, Humpy's Pizza closed.)
The double entendres are part of the fun in this small, subtropical city where gay households make up 9.02% of the population (compared to 0.56% of households statewide). A walkable mile and a half along Wilton Dr is the main attraction, says Mayor Gary Resnick. "We made a point of supporting independent businesses and not having chain stores, or big-box stores. Every night it's packed." Cruise lines using nearby Fort Lauderdale's port actually bus people in.
There is no full-size hotel in Wilton Manors, but there is a clothing-optional Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa. Other evocatively named watering holes nearby include the Ramrod and the Cubby Hole (featuring "Bear Meat" Saturdays and "Underwear Wednesdays"). For the ladies, a new lesbian bar, G Spot, opened in February 2017. It has a physical address, and yet men don't believe it exists.
Honorable mentions: Orlando, St. Petersburg, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Key West