by Gene Balk
September 27, 2013
Move over, San Francisco.
Seattle now has the highest concentration of gay-couple households among America’s large cities.
Recently-released estimates from the Census Bureau show that in 2012, 2.6 percent of Seattle households were gay couples. That is the highest percentage among the 50 most populous cities in the United States.
We are still No. 2 to San Francisco, however, for the percentage of gay-male households. But Seattle claimed the top city for the percentage of lesbian couples by a relatively wide margin. With lesbian couples making up 1.2 percent of households in 2012, Seattle was the only large city to exceed 1 percent.
In Seattle, as in most of the 50 cities, the majority of gay couple households are men, but it is a fairly even split here: 46 percent of Seattle’s gay couples are women. Some cities are more lopsided; in Atlanta, 80 percent of the households are male, while in Wichita, 88 percent are lesbian.
At the opposite end of the spectrum from Seattle is El Paso, Texas, which edged out Fort Worth as having the lowest concentration of same-sex couples. El Paso has just one-tenth the percentage of gay-couple households as Seattle.
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