Demographers Map Gay Neighborhoods Using Census Data

Mapping gay neighborhoods. It’s no surprise that San Francisco is at the top of the list, however, other tops include West Hollywood, New York City, and Provincetown.

Urban Institute demographer Gary Gates and research associate Jason Ost mined data from the 2000 Census and have developed the first Gay and Lesbian Atlas.

For each of the 50 states The Gay and Lesbian Atlas presents a two-page spread with colorful maps and charts showing the geographic distribution of same-sex couples and highlighting their demographic characteristics, including age, race and ethnicity, and the proportion raising children. 

Twenty-five cities are also profiled with similar maps and charts-the 20 cities with the highest number of same-sex couples along with five cities chosen for geographic diversity or to acknowledge a particularly high concentration of gay and lesbian couples (Orlando; New Orleans; Nashville; Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri; and Albuquerque).

Other findings… San Francisco; Fort Lauderdale; Santa Rosa, California; Seattle; and New York top the list of metropolitan areas in the concentration of gay male couples, the leading areas for lesbian couples are Santa Rosa; Santa Cruz, California; Santa Fe; San Francisco; and Oakland.

Sample Map from Atlas (Source: Maps are complemented in the Atlas with numerous tables, graphs, and charts.

The Atlas is published by the Urban Institute Press it will be available to the public on May 3


The Gay & Lesbian Atlas, by Gary J. Gates and Jason Ost, will be available in May from the Urban Institute Press (Paper, 11" x 8.5", 242 pages, ISBN 0-87766-721-7, $49.50). Order online or call (202) 261-5687; toll-free 1-877-847-7377.

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