Report Lists Cities by Same-Sex Households
Three west coast cities lead the way; women outnumber men
BY MATT TRACY
The San Francisco metro
area boasts the greatest
share of samesex
households in the
United States, according to a new
Census Bureau report unveiling
key demographics about same-sex
households across the nation.
Same-sex couples represent 2.8
percent of all coupled households
in San Francisco, which is followed
by the Portland, Oregon metro at
2.6 percent. Same-sex couples
make up 2.4 percent of the population
in Seattle and Orlando.
Rounding out the top 10 list —
which excludes New York — are
Austin (2.2 percent), the Miami/
Fort Lauderdale metro area (2.2
percent), Boston (2.1 percent), and
Denver, Phoenix, and Baltimore,
which are all at two percent.
It should be noted that the report
This map shows a nationwide picture of LGBTQ households by state.
does not specify the gender identities
of the individuals under consideration
in the data, which covers
same-sex couples and oppositesex
couples as well as numbers on
whether they have children. It also
does not include individuals who
are single or living with in households
However, the numbers are comparable
to a 2015 Gallup poll examining
the US cities with the
highest share of LGBTQ people —
including transgender individuals
and non-coupled folks. San Francisco
ranked number one, at 6.2
percent, followed again by Portland
(5.4 percent) and Austin (5.3 percent).
Those cities were followed by
New Orleans (5.1 percent, Seattle
(4.8 percent), Boston (4.8 percent),
and Salt Lake City (4.7 percent).
Los Angeles, Denver, and Hartford,
Connecticut were in a three-way tie
for seventh place at 4.6 percent.
In the latest report from the Census
Bureau, there are 66,427,835
“coupled” households encompassing
both opposite-sex and same-
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