93.8% in San Francisco Metro Say They're Not LGBT; Silicon Valley 4th from Last for LGBTs

By | March 20, 2015 | 3:32pm EDT

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

93.8 percent of the adults polled in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area do not "personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,' according to a Gallup survey that interviewed 374,325 adults nationwide from June through December of last year.

With 6.2 percent saying they did "personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," the San Francisco metro area ranked No. 1 among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas for the percentage of LGBTs among its population.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area--commonly known as Silicon Valley--ranked fourth from the bottom among the 50 largest metropolitan areas for its percentage of LGBTs. 96.8 percent in that metro area do not personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the Gallup survey, and 3.2 percent do.

In its analysis, Gallup noted:

"Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco's percentage just 2.6 percentage points higher than the national average of 3.6%, and the lowest-ranked metro area -- Birmingham, Alabama -- one point below the national average….

“San Jose may be the most surprising metro area to be among the 10 lowest, because it is home to the Silicon Valley and many technology companies that have been among the most vocal supporters of LGBT rights in corporate America. For example, Apple, Google and Facebook all recently signed a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. The low ranking could mean that many LGBT individuals who work in the Silicon Valley choose to live closer to San Francisco and its vibrant LGBT social scene.”

To see Gallup’s complete analysis of this survey click here.


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