Gallup: Washington, D.C. Has Highest LGBT Population--10%

By Michael W. Chapman | February 19, 2013 | 1:00pm EST

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( – The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., has the highest percentage – 10% -- of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) in the United States, according to Gallup. The national average of people identifying as LGBT is 3.5%, and the state with the lowest percentage of LGBT is North Dakota, 1.7%.

In a survey conducted throughout 2012 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Gallup asked the question, “Do you personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”  Residents in the nation’s capital had the highest percentage responding  “yes,” at 10%.

Including D.C., the top five states with the highest percentage of LGBT people are as follows:

District of Columbia         10%

Hawaii                            5.1%

Vermont                         4.9%

Oregon                           4.9%

Maine                              4.8%

The states with the lowest percentage of people identifying as LGBT, according to Gallup are:

Utah                  2.7%

Tennessee          2.6%

Mississippi          2.6%

Montana             2.6%

North Dakota     1.7%

Gallup noted that the LGBT adult population estimate “is above 5% only in the District of Columbia and Hawaii, and below 2% only in North Dakota.”

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In explaining the survey results, Gallup said, “In general, states where residents express more liberal views are more accepting of LGBT individuals, while socially conservative areas are less accepting. Of the 10 states and D.C. where at least 4% of respondents identified as LGBT, seven are among the most liberal states in the country. Conversely, six of 10 states with the lowest percentage of LGBT-identified adults are among the top 10 conservative states in the country.”

Gallup surveyed a random sample of 206,186 adults by telephone between January and December 2012 for the survey.  The margin of error for individual states is no greater than +/-6 percentage points, said Gallup, and that held the same margin for the District of Columbia, +/-6 percentage points.

Another survey by Gallup, released on Feb. 11, showed that D.C. also had the highest percentage of government workers, at 29.2%.  Hawaii was ranked third at 27.8%.

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