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New York Has The Highest Number Of LGBT Residents, But San Francisco Has The Highest Percentage

New York has the highest number of LGBT-identifying residents in the country.

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A study released recently by Gallup examined cities with the highest percentages of LGBT residents among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas from 2012-2014. San Francisco had the highest percentage of LGBT residents at 6.2 percent.

Portland was second with 5.4 percent, Austin with 5.3, New Orleans with 5.1, and Seattle with 4.8, with other metropolitan areas such as Boston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver, and Hartford following after that.

One of the most noticeable absences in the percentage survey was New York City.

New York, according to the New York Times, still has the highest number of LGBT-identifying residents. The city has more than 700,000 LGBT residents, but in the context of the entire city, this is only about 4 percent of the population. According to the article, New York City has more than 10 million residents.

Los Angeles has the second highest number of LGBT residents with just under 600,000.

The survey reported that metropolitan areas such as Austin, New Orleans, and Denver have reputations “as socially progressive cities within states and regions that are much more conservative.”

Gallup said the inclusion of Salt Like City on the list may seem surprising, as Utah is one of the most conservative states in the country, “however, the state recently passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and public accommodation, the first state to do so since 2007. The majority of states still do not have such laws on the books,” Gallup reported.

The question asked in the original survey was “Do you personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” It included more than 374,000 interviews given between June 2012 and December 2014.

The survey, according to Gallup, is “the largest ongoing study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record.” This is the first time a study has been large enough, with enough samples, to provide an estimate on LGBT populations for these large metropolitan areas.

On the contrary, Birmingham, AL has the lowest percentage of people who identify as LGBT with just 2.6 percent of the population. Also coming in with low percentages are Pittsburgh, Memphis, Raleigh, Cincinnati, and Houston.

Kelsey Meany is a reporter with Generation Progress.

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