Eric Leven

Gayest city in America

Filed By Eric Leven | August 13, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Media
Tags: Orlando, statistics

Eric, the Roommate, is obsessed with numbers, statistics and city populations. He is always looking something up and he is an expert on cities around the world and their populations. Although he's straight he always has his eyes out for me, his rainbow-flavored best friend.

Eric, the Roommate was stunned to find that Orlando ranks between 9 and 10 on America's gayest city list. I was a little stunned too. Orlando? Like, Orlando, Orlando? I suppose it makes sense with Disney World and Tinkerbell and all that shit but, still, I just find it surprising.

Anyway, if you look up Gay Village on Wikipedia you'll find some really interesting statistics regarding the gays and our cities:


Top LGBT populations in U.S. cities and states

The U.S. city with the largest gay population is New York, with an estimated 272,493 gay residents.[3] 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.[4]

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).[3] The numbers given are estimates based on American Community Survey data.[5]

(Crossposted from Knucklecrack)

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Orlando? I grew up there. I mean, sure, there are lots of Disney Queens (I am a former Queen of the Kigdom myself), but it is harldy a gay mecca. Interesting...

At 7.7% of the population, Orlando just barely beat out Salt Lake City, UT (7.6%) in that study. What you may be seeing here is simply that in fairly isolated urban cities, a higher number of LGBT people flock within city limits, which would start to explain Sacramento and Denver.

The other important thing to note is that these statistics are only reliably tracking same-sex couples. I lived in Las Vegas for many years and it seemed to have a higher-than-usual number of single LGBT people, but ranks fairly low on the population percentage charts based on this study. The study authors even acknowledge this assumption: "Assuming that the proportion of all same-sex couples who live in a given state or locality is the same as the proportion of all GLB individuals living in that area, then ACS data can be used to estimate the size of this population within states, metropolitan areas, and Congressional districts."

Jere, thanks for that clarification -- what about single people? What about us, dammit?

I noticed that Atlanta has the 12 largest population and the 3rd highest percentage. And yet, I still can't find me a girlfriend. (sigh)

I noticed the table graphic says "GLB Population". Does anyone have any good trans statistics? I would guess it would be close to these stats (SF, duh), but you never know until you actually measure it.

And Paris, if counted, would be around 80%. My god, everyone's fucking the same-sex there.

I reread my post from last night and I hope I didn't come off as abrasive about trans. I know they aren't the easiest numbers to come by. Thanks Eric for the useful information, I'm also a stat junkie.

Beware of the footnotes when assuming. These numbers from the American Community Survey just show "unmarried partner" households -- both partners male and both partners female. We can't "assume" all these roommates are gay, or even a majority of them. Lots of young people still room together after leaving high school or college. And lots of older single people share quarters just to economize on living expenses, enjoy nonsexual companionship, or for health-related caretaking. Nevertheless, the gay segment is still large and significant and should be counted or inferred in some way. If the Census would count the number of couples with legal "marriage" or "civil union" status, that would be great first step.

umh...have any of you ever heard a little town called South Florida (ie. Miami/Fort Lauderdale)?!?! It should most definitely be on this list. Lauderdale has more gay bars by square area than san francisco. The gays grow on trees there like oranges. Florida Oranges and Florida Gays are never in short supply. :)