The United States’ census data from 2005-2009 has finally been analyzed giving insight into various LGBT issues (Uhh, from 2-6 years ago…). The data has been used to determine the ten cities/regions in the nation with largest population of gay and lesbian couples. San Francisco tops the list, hardly a shocker, but some of the data is quite surprising. The list:
- San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif. 1.36%
- Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. 1.12
- Barnstable Town, Mass. 1.10
- Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine 1.09
- Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif. 1.03
- Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.-Wash. 1.00
- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif. 0.95
- Springfield, Mass. 0.92
- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. 0.91
- Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. 0.91
It’s no surprise to a Seattleite like myself that our city is full of married gays. Burlington, VT and Springfield, MA were a bit of a surprise. I mean, I’ve been to Springfield, and I’m not quite sure whey a gay person would decide to set up shop there. Besides a little thing like the legal right to marry…
All of the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest proportions of same-sex unmarried partnerships, according to data from the Census Bureau’s 2005-2009 American Community Survey, are in states that currently grant either same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships. But only two of those states–Massachusetts and Maine–issued any type of legal same-sex partnerships for that entire period.
Four of the 10 metropolitan areas with the greatest proportion of unmarried same-sex partners by household were in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004. This suggests that many Massachusetts cities may have far more gay couples who simply cannot be counted with this data.
Maine, home to Portland which is at No. 4 on the list, also issued domestic partnerships starting in 2004.
But the other states represented among the top 10–Vermont, California, Oregon, and New Hampshire–began issuing same-sex marriage licenses or partnerships much later, in some cases after the data-gathering period.
This data, again, is tiiiiired. These numbers have surely grown in the past half decade, and the census has proven to be a notoriously poor measurement for LGBT population growth. Still, it’s handy to have these figures available if you’re a homewrecker looking to move someplace new, I suppose.
How does your hometown measure up? Do you see gay couples in your city?