You might be surprised at some of the cities that did -- and did not -- make the most recent list of places with the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian coupled households in the U.S.
According to the new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, geographic distribution of the nation’s estimated 980,000 same-sex couple households spans from coast to coast, with the highest concentrations in the Pacific-Northwest.
The report was released by the U.S. Census Bureau, using data from the bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. It focused on married and unmarried same-sex couples, and did not account for single LGBTQ+ people.
The report found that San Francisco, Calif., Portland, Oreg., and Seattle, Wash., are the three metro areas with the highest percentages of same-sex couple households in the nation. Those cities had same-sex married couple households at about twice the national rate of 1.5 percent.
A handful of other cities known for being LGBTQ+ hubs were also on the top ten places for same-sex households, including Austin at number 5, Boston at number 7, and Denver at number 8.
However, there were a few more surprising names that rounded out the top ten, like Orlando at number 4, Miami at number 6, Phoenix at number 9, and Baltimore at number 10.
And there were also some notable names missing from the list, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Nadine Smith, executive director of the LGBTQ advocacy group ‘Equality Florida’, told the Associated Press that movement at the local level has meant more acceptance of LGBTQ communities across Florida. Smith said there have also been human rights ordinances passed, and there are more gay-friendly companies in Florida’s hospitality and entertainment industries.
Jeremy LaMaster, executive director of FreeState Justice, a Baltimore-based LGBTQ advocacy organization for Maryland, said the report shows how widespread the community really is.
“You often think of LGBTQ people in large cities like San Francisco,” he told the AP. “But we’re everywhere.”
Among all same-sex couple households in the U.S., approximately 58 percent consist of married couples and about 42 percent are unmarried partner households. In contrast, 88.3 percent of opposite-sex couples living together are married, and roughly 11.7 percent are unmarried partners. Among both married and unmarried same-sex couples, there were more female couple households than male couple households.
States with the lowest percentages of same-sex couple households included North Dakota (0.5 percent), Idaho (0.6 percent), and Montana (0.6 percent.)