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The U.S. city with the largest gay population is New York City, with an estimated 272,493 gay residents.[1] Los Angeles is second with 154,270, followed by Chicago with 114,449 and San Francisco with 94,234.

The U.S. metro area with the largest gay population is New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, with an estimated 568,903 gay residents. Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana is a close second with 442,211, followed by Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI with 288,748.[2]

The following charts show a list of the top U.S. cities, states, and metro areas with: 1) the highest population of gay residents, and 2) the highest percentage of gay residents within city limits. (GLB population as a percentage of total residents).[1] The numbers given are estimates based on American Community Survey data.[3]

Rank City Percentage
of City
Population
GLB Population
population rank
1 New York City 6% 272,493 1
2 Los Angeles 5.6% 154,270 2
3 Chicago 5.7% 114,449 3
4 San Francisco 15.4% 94,234 4
5 Phoenix 6.4% 63,222 5
6 Houston 4.4% 61,976 6
7 San Diego 6.8% 61,945 7
8 Dallas 7.0% 58,473 8
9 Seattle 12.9% 57,993 9
10 Boston 12.3% 50,540 10
11 Philadelphia 4.2% 43,320 11
12 Atlanta 12.8% 39,085 12
13 San Jose 5.8% 37,260 13
Rank City Percentage
of City
Population
GLB Population
population rank
1 San Francisco 15.4% 94,234 4
2 Seattle 12.9% 57,993 9
3 Atlanta 12.8% 39,805 12
4 Minneapolis 12.5% 34,295 16
5 Boston 12.3% 50,540 10
6 Sacramento 9.8% 32,108 20
7 Portland 8.8% 35,413 14
8 Denver 8.2% 33,698 17
9 Washington D.C. 8.1% 32,599 18
10 Orlando 7.7% 12,508 36
Rank State Percentage
of State
Population
GLB Population
population rank
1 California 5.2% 1,338,164 1
2 Florida 4.6% 609,219 2
3 New York 4.2% 592,337 3
4 Texas 3.6% 579,968 4
5 Illinois 3.8% 345,395 5
6 Ohio 4.0% 335,110 6
7 Pennsylvania 3.5% 323,454 7
8 Georgia 4.3% 278,943 8
9 Massachusetts 5.7% 269,074 9
10 Washington 5.7% 266,983 10
Rank State GLB Population
Percentage
of State
Population
population
1 District of Columbia 8.1% 47,651
2 New Hampshire 6.6% 81,561
3 Washington 5.7% 335,964
4 Massachusetts 5.7% 361,898
5 Maine 5.2% 66,295
6 California 5.2% 1,895,792
7 Colorado 5.1% 219,364
8 Vermont 5.1% 31,050
9 New Mexico 4.9% 99,085
10 Minnesota 4.7% 231,215
Rank Metro Area Percentage
of Metro
Population
GLB Population
population rank
1 San Francisco 8.2% 256,313 4
2 Seattle 6.5% 154,835 11
3 Boston 6.2% 201,344 5
4 Portland 6.1% 94,027 21
5 Tampa 5.9% 119,044 16
6 Austin 5.9% 61,732 29
7 Denver 5.8% 99,027 19
8 Minneapolis 5.7% 130,472 15
9 Orlando 5.7% 81,272 24
10 Hartford 5.6% 49,000 33
Rank City GLB GLB%
population
1 New York City - Northern New Jersey - Long Island, NY 568,903 2.6%
2 Los Angeles - Long Beach, CA - Santa Ana, CA 442,211 2.7%
3 Chicago–Naperville–Joliet, IL 288,478 3.1%
4 San Francisco - Oakland - Fremont, CA 256,313 3.6%
5 Boston - Cambridge, MA - Quincy, MA 201,344 3.4%
6 Washington D.C. 191,959 2.5%
7 Dallas - Fort Worth - Arlington, TX 183,718 3.5%
8 Miami - Miami Beach - Fort Lauderdale 183,346 4.7%
9 Atlanta - Marietta, GA - Sandy Springs, GA 180,168 4.3%
10 Philadelphia - Camden, NJ - Wilmington, DE 179,459 2.8%

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gary J. Gates Template:PDFlink. The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law October, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. Note: the study cited is unclear as to the exact metro NY area that is included; on table 5, page 8, "New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island" is included, but in Appendix 2, page 15, Pennsylvania also seems to be included as it states "New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, NY–NJ–PA")
  3. American Community Survey 2000

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