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  1. johnny says

    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.

  2. Lymis says

    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.

  3. MaryM says

    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?

  4. ggreen says

    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.

  5. Zlick says

    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!

  6. DB says

    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.

  7. ratbastard says

    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.

  8. alex says

    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.

  9. KevINPDX says

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

  10. andrew says

    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.

  11. Woot says

    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!

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