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More Gay, Bisexual Singles Live In Edgewater Than Boystown: Report

By  Linze Rice and Tanveer Ali | June 14, 2017 5:59am | Updated on June 21, 2017 2:59pm

 Hollywood Beach in Edgewater is also known as the
Hollywood Beach in Edgewater is also known as the "gay beach" and includes a rainbow-painted pier.
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EDGEWATER — Gay, lesbian or bisexual and looking for love? 

According to a new study, there are at least two Chicago neighborhoods where the chances of finding a same-sex match might be higher: Edgewater and Andersonville. 

Dating website OkCupid and real estate site Trulia took a look at where single and non-single gay residents lived across the country and found that the two Far North Side neighborhoods cracked the top seven spots nationally. OkCupid defines "gay" as gay, lesbian and bisexual.

When it came to singles seeking same-sex relationships on OkCupid in particular, data showed Edgewater's 60660 ZIP code was highest in Chicago with 34 percent of the website's users from the neighborhood searching for same-sex relationships. That is 10.7 percent more than in the traditionally gay Boystown neighborhood, which primarily falls in the 60657 ZIP code.

Boystown/Lakeview, which had 23.3 percent, was nearly the same as Kenwood and Hyde Park's 60615 ZIP code, which saw 23.4 percent of gay singles seeking relationships.

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The 60640 area, which covers Andersonville, Edgewater and part of Uptown, came in second across the city with 32.5 percent of OkCupid users looking for same-sex partnerships, followed by Rogers Park (60626) with 28 percent and the 60613 ZIP code, which covers Uptown, Wrigleyville and part of Boystown, at 24 percent.

Some ZIP codes are excluded from the map because there was not enough data.

Of the data available, the neighborhoods with the lowest number of gay singles seeking relationships included the 60656 Harwood Heights area on the city's Northwest Side near O'Hare with 7 percent, and the South Side's 60655 Mount Greenwood neighborhood with 8.7 percent.

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Nationally, California's West Hollywood took the top spot, with the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, Dallas' Uptown neighborhood, Palm Springs, Calif. and the Hillcrest area of San Diego ranking higher than Edgewater and Andersonville. 

The recent findings jibe with an analysis of where gay married couples lived in the city by DNAinfo last summer, which showed Andersonville, Edgewater, Uptown (60640, 60660), Lakeview (60657) and Rogers Park (60626) were the most popular areas for same-sex married couples to live.

See how many gay singles are looking for love in your neighborhood below, according to OkCupid.