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What are the Gayest Neighborhoods in America?


Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Real Estate website Trulia did some analysis:

Here’s what we did. For each ZIP code in the U.S., we calculated the share of households that are same-sex male couples and same-sex female couples, based on the 2010 Census. Then, we combined the Census data on where gay people live with median price per foot of listed homes in each ZIP code on Trulia over the past year.

(The fine print: The Census doesn’t ask sexual orientation, of course, so the only way to measure gay neighborhoods is based on where couples live. The Census data requires some corrections and adjustments, described here. Finally, ZIP codes don’t line up perfectly with neighborhoods, but we did our best to use the closest neighborhood names that correspond to the ZIP codes in our analysis.)

HouseCheck out the female same-sex couple analysis, AFTER THE JUMP...

They add:

Just three neighborhoods — Provincetown, Rehoboth Beach, and the Castro — are on both the men’s and women’s top lists. The top four women’s neighborhoods, including Provincetown, are in Massachusetts. But one of the biggest differences is that the top men’s neighborhoods are much gayer than the top women’s neighborhoods: just one women’s neighborhood breaks the 5% barrier, while five men’s neighborhoods have more than 10% same-sex male couples. Remember, there are roughly the same number of male and female couples in the U.S. So, that means that male couples are much more clustered in particular neighborhoods than female couples are: female couples are more likely to be the only ones on their block.

Also, there's some fascinating drill down into specific neighborhoods in New York, L.A., and San Francisco on their website.


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  1. I think they made a mistake. My neighborhood, Durham, NC 27701. Has more lesbians than I've ever seen in my life. Just ask Pam Spaulding,

    Posted by: gaylib | Jun 19, 2012 7:16:48 AM

  2. This data is meaningless because the census does not give an accurate picture of how many gay people there are in a given area.

    While it's a given that Castro would be the highest concentration, there may be some areas that may be even gayer than the other ones shown, but the people living there are simply not going to give the census their sexual orientation (even with corrections and adjustments). Older gay people are very hesitant to be "out" with anyone, much less a government body.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 19, 2012 7:26:52 AM

  3. Lets all forget about gay single people...

    Posted by: CCGuy000 | Jun 19, 2012 7:48:12 AM

  4. It's worth pointing out that his is only going to reflect areas that are heavily occupied by same-sex households that identify as such. If an area is more of a singles scene or full of gay or lesbian roommates, or people who don't claim that relationship on the census forms, it wouldn't show up in the census that way.

    On the other hand, it does make sense that there will be at least a reasonable correlation between a heavily gay area and a willingness to be out.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jun 19, 2012 8:54:32 AM

  5. Yay for Jamaica Plain!

    Posted by: rb | Jun 19, 2012 9:10:49 AM

  6. This does not reveal what the 'gayest neighbourhoods' are - it just gives the places where the highest number of same sex couples live.

    Where are the gay singles living?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 19, 2012 10:12:43 AM

  7. Palm Springs is lovey but it's full of stingy, right-wing, reactionary, old queens that vote republican because it might save them 6 cents on their federal taxes.

    Posted by: ggreen | Jun 19, 2012 10:19:22 AM

  8. OK so only couples get counted now? it does explain why certain neighborhoods aren't in the top ten.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 19, 2012 12:04:28 PM

  9. Ah yes, Jamaica Plain, Boston. More angry 'progressive' lesbians than you can shake a fair trade organic cucumber at.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2012 12:09:11 PM

  10. These numbers would suggest that in Chicago, boystown is less than 7% gay and Andersonville is less than 2% lesbian. Yeah, no.

    Posted by: aw | Jun 19, 2012 12:29:56 PM

  11. 94114 is far more than 14% gay. More like 75%. At least.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 19, 2012 12:40:37 PM

  12. Yeah, this is useless. I'm pretty sure West Hollywood is WAY more gay than the survey reveals. It's got tons of gay singles, which don't make the cut. That makes the survey totally worthless in touting which neighborhoods have the highest concentration of gay men. Pfft.

    But hey, the zip code based system at least reveals West Hollywood certainly has the gayest zip code with its Nine Oh Oh Sixty-Nine!

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 19, 2012 1:03:34 PM

  13. Trulia should make one easy correction to those data. While it is impossible to adjust for the fact that gay single people are not counted and the fact that most gay couple families are closeted and don't reveal themselves to the Census Bureau, there is one easy correction. Instead of making the numerator gay couple households and the denominator all HH's, a more useful percentage is to make the numerator gay couple HH's and the denominator ALL COUPLE HOUSEHOLDS. That way areas with a lot of single person HH's do not have an artificially low gay couple percentage. I.e. what is the percentage of all couples that are gay? Not, what is the percentage of all HH's that are gay couples? Of course this gives higher (although still low) percentage of gay families, but it also standardizes the data in a useful way.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 19, 2012 1:26:29 PM

  14. Also, many of these places like Provincetown, MA and Rehoboth Beach, DE are 2nd homes to gay, and may not be included in the count

    Posted by: rehomo | Jun 19, 2012 2:21:02 PM

  15. There are neighborhoods in Boston that have a gay population above 7-15%, or that at least match it.

    There are neighborhoods in NYC that have a gay population above 7-15%, or that at least match it.

    This survey is silly.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2012 2:37:13 PM

  16. Just for the record, this isn't a "survey". This report is about data analysis of the US Census. Those of us who have have done social science research are fully aware of the limitations. It is what it is. Changes to the Census are few and far between because data is used in longitudinal studies. If you change the format or ask different questions, those studies will not have data to continue.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 19, 2012 4:49:06 PM

  17. The Pearl District in Portland, OR, and Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA, haven't been mentioned(?). Pretty trendy, expensive and gay neighborhoods.

    Posted by: KevINPDX | Jun 19, 2012 5:16:01 PM

  18. I guess we in Philly are not the coupling kind. One of our center city neighborhoods is called the Gayborhood. It is home to many gay folks. It is home to dozens of gay clubs, bars and restaurants. It is where October Out attracts about 30,000 people to a day long street fair. It is where the LGBT community center is located. Numerous gay physicians, dentists and barbers have their practices there. There is a large gay gym there. The official city street signs include the Rainbow Flag. This area in Philly couldn't possibly be any gayer. It is a great place to live.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 19, 2012 6:32:15 PM

  19. Yes, this is just couples. You KNOW that the Castro is more than 14% gay. But it's mostly singles.

    Posted by: Hoover | Jun 19, 2012 7:48:09 PM

  20. I guess Disney World's MainStreet USA doesn't count. It's totally the happiest place on earth.

    Posted by: f00 | Jun 19, 2012 9:05:59 PM

  21. The lesbian study has to be wrong. Plenty of happy daughters of Lesbos observed regularly in the Puget Sound area.

    Posted by: Dowager Countess | Jun 19, 2012 11:01:05 PM

  22. Riverside-Avondale, an historic neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida has become very gay in the last 5-10 years. But most of the folks I know are single so wouldn't even be counted in this survey, including me. Happy Pride, everyone!

    Posted by: Woot | Jun 20, 2012 9:11:50 AM

  23. Meaningless without the inclusion of single gays. Not sure how they would get this data, but it is needed.

    Posted by: djcchicago | Jun 20, 2012 10:35:33 AM

  24. Well, I went to school in Northampton and I live in Jamaica Plain for 8 months. The data seem pretty accurate to me.

    Posted by: Deb | Jul 28, 2012 4:04:43 PM

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