Census Bureau Lists Cities With Highest Percentages Of Gay/Lesbian Households: SF, Portland, Seattle, Orlando

The Associated Press reports:

Once known for singer Anita Bryant’s anti-gay rights campaign and a ban on gay and lesbian adoptions, Florida is now home to two metro areas with among the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian coupled households in the U.S., according to a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Orlando and Miami had the fourth and sixth highest percentages respectively of same sex coupled households in the U.S., according to the report released this week using data from the bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

San Francisco, Portland and Seattle topped the list. Austin was No. 5 and Boston came in at No. 7. But they were joined in the top 10 by some unexpected metro areas like Baltimore, Denver and Phoenix.

From the Census Bureau:

About 58% of couples in the nation’s 980,000 same-sex households were married and about 42% were unmarried partners. Among both married and unmarried same-sex couples, there were more female than male couple households.

Eleven states plus the District of Columbia had higher percentages of same-sex couple households (among coupled households) than the national average of 1.5%, with Washington, D.C., having the highest at 7.1%.

The San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA, and the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA were among metro areas with the highest percentages of same-sex couple households.

Both same- and opposite-sex married couple households were more likely than unmarried couple households to have children under 18 present. But same-sex married couple households were about half as likely as opposite-sex married couples to have children.