Are you thinking of making a move to the Midwest? If so, there are plenty of things to love about making your home in the center of our country. Generally, housing prices are affordable, most neighborhoods are friendly and welcoming, and there’s a perfect mix of busy, bustling cities, as well as more laid-back suburban and rural areas offering space to stretch your legs and enjoy a slower pace of life.  The Midwest is an area full of diverse communities and so much to see and do. If you’re considering making a move to this region of the country, there are many wonderful cities in several states to choose from. Some of those include:

  • Chicago, Illinois: Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is an industrious metropolis that’s an exciting place for the LGBTQ community. An international hub of culture, commerce, and creativity, Chicago provides a multitude of gay resources to make every new resident feel at home. Read the full Chicago Gay City Guide here.
  • Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines, sometimes known as “The Capital City”, is a midwestern city full of diverse and thriving communities, warm and friendly people, and plenty to see and do. It has a thriving LGBTQ community, a rich arts scene, and plenty of career opportunities as well. It’s a great city to consider if you’re thinking of a move to the heartland. Read the full Des Moines Gay City Guide here.
  • Omaha, Nebraska: Situated on the banks of the Missouri River, Omaha is another heartland city well-known for its pioneer history, museums, and warm and welcoming spirit. Even better, it is home to a growing and diverse LGBTQ community. If you make your home here in the heartland, chances are, you’ll be glad you did. Read the full Omaha Gay City Guide here.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Located in the heartland of America, Indianapolis is indeed a city with plenty of heart and soul. Everyone knows Indianapolis as the home of the Indy 500 – without question one of the world’s premier auto races. But it’s also home to a diverse community, an excellent arts and culture scene, plenty of businesses and industries, and a lot to see and do. In fact, in 2018, OUT Magazine named Indy one of the best places to travel. If you’re thinking about making your next home in this heartland city, chances are, you’ll be glad you did. Read the full Indianapolis Gay City Guide here.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati. It’s the Queen City. The City of Seven Hills (and many beautiful views). The city on the river. The home of some of the world’s best chili, and some of its friendliest people. It’s a warm and welcoming city – one that values its history, but also celebrates its present while looking forward to the future. Even better, it has a thriving and diverse LGBTQ community, where all can feel welcome and celebrated. Read the full Cincinnati Gay City Guide here.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Situated on the southern shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a city that always offers a warm welcome, even despite its tendency for cold weather. It’s known as The Forest City, C-Town, and The Rock and Roll Capital of the World – but whatever you call it, it would be a wonderful place to call home. Read the full Cleveland Gay City Guide here.
  • Columbus, Ohio: Cowtown, Cbus, Columbus has many aliases but one thing that holds true is the acceptance and diversity of the region. The city has a reputation for being gay-friendly and flying the most rainbow flags you will ever see. It’s that kind of inclusion that makes it an incredible metropolis to work and live in. Read the full Columbus Gay City Guide here.
  • Detroit, Michigan:  The Motor City. The birthplace of Motown. Detroit is a city with a rich history and a vibrant culture. It is diverse and welcoming and would be a wonderful place to call home. Read the full Detroit Gay City Guide here.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River lie the vivacious Twin Cities, one of which is Minneapolis. A hub of arts and culture, it’s a city with spirit. In this town, every neighborhood is a gayborhood and every door is open. Read the full Minneapolis Gay City Guide here.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and along with Minneapolis, is considered one of the Twin Cities. As a city of over 300,000 people, it offers much to see and do. It’s also known for being an important business hub – in fact, the greater Twin Cities area has one of the highest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies in the country. Even better, St. Paul is a city full of friendly, welcoming people. If you’re thinking of making your home in Minnesota, St. Paul would be a perfect choice! Read the full St. Paul Gay City Guide here.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city, and one of its most diverse. In fact, in 2016, Milwaukee was ranked as one of the top 10 “Under the Gaydar” cities in the country, for its wide variety of gay nightlife options, hospitality, and for holding one of the nation’s largest and longest-running pride events each year. Truly it is a city of midwestern hospitality that celebrates all of its wonderful diversity and the wide variety of people that make it wonderful. Read the full Milwaukee Gay City Guide here.

After you’ve decided which city in the Midwest is the best fit for you, your next step should be to connect with a realtor who knows that city and its neighborhoods well, and who can help you find a home that you will love and enjoy for many years to come. If you’re ready to do exactly that, we have over 20,000 LGBTQ realtors in our extensive network at, and we are ready to help! Choose an agent and start a conversation – there is never a cost or obligation. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home in the Midwest soon!