Providence, Rhode Island - Photo by Tony Kent
In 2015 Providence, Rhode Island was ranked as the 4th most LGBT friendly city in the U.S. by a study conducted by NerdWallet. In that same year, The New York Times reported that 4.4% of the the city's metropolitan area identifies as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual, which is 1% higher then the nations average. Providence is best known for its eclectic art scene and beautiful, historic architecture, being one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is also a city proud of its diversity and growing LGBTQ comunity, with rainbow flags flying eagerly across the city. Providence holds an annual Pride Celebration every June, which loosely began as far back as 1974 and has also held The Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival for the past 19 years. With the entire city being deemed as a sanctuary city there is no designated "gayborhood" here, so finding a safe place to live and look for potential LGBTQ roommates shouldn't require you focusing on only selective neighborhoods. As of February, 2020, the average rent for an apartment in Providence around 800 sq. feet was $1,873, which is a 2% decrease from the previous year, according to RentCafe. Although this rental average for Providence is above the national average, it is still well below the prices for neighboring cities such as Boston and Cambridge.