THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | July 22, 2010
Sonoma County is the second “gayest” metropolitan area in the nation.
That’s according to a demographer at the University of California Los Angeles, who crunched census numbers to find areas with the highest percentage of residents living in same-sex relationships.
Not surprisingly, San Francisco led the list with 12.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
The Santa Rosa Metropolitan Area — in effect Sonoma County — was No.2 with 7.63 gay couples per 1,000 households, a rate 56 percent greater than the national average. Sixty-three percent of Sonoma County’s same-sex couples were men.
The statistics were compiled by Gary Gates, a researcher at UCLA’s Williams Institute, a think tank on sexual-orientation law, who based his findings on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey.
His results were published this week in an article called “America’s Top 20 Gayest Cities” that appeared on the website The Daily Beast.
Portland, Maine; Boston and Seattle rounded out the top five. The rankings take no account of gay single populations.
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