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Which States Have the Largest LGBT Populations? Survey Says...

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Taylor Henderson

With the Gallup Daily tracking survey, University of California Los Angeles' Williams Institute reports that 4.5 percent of the U.S. population identifies as LGBT. 

The survey asked approximately 350,000 people across the country in every state, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?" and the results said a lot. (Keep in mind that the numbers don't exactly reflect the exact number of LGBT people in the state, just the percentage of the total state's population.)

Washington, D.C. has the largest reported percentage of LGBT people, with 9.8 percent of the population of our nation's capital identifying as LGBT. D.C. is then followed by Oregon at 5.6 percent, Nevada at 5.5 percent, Massachusetts at 5.4 percent, and California at 5.3 percent. 

According to the survey, 58 percent of LGBT people in the U.S. are female and just 42 percent are male. It's also worth pointing out that respondents were asked their sex without the survey offering any other option for nonbinary or gender non-conforming people.  

Gallup also reports that 58 percent of LGBT-identifying people in the U.S. are White, 21 percent are Latinx, 12 percent are Black, 5 percent are more than one race, 2 percent are Asian, 1 percent are Native American, and 1 percent are Pacific Islander. 

Other highlights from the survey include stats that show 29 percent of LGBT-identifying people in the U.S. have children and 25 percent of the LGBT-identifying population have an income under $24,000.

Read the Williams Institute's full survey here.

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