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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

September 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Seattle overtakes San Francisco as No.1 city for gay couples

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Move over, San Francisco.

Seattle now has the highest concentration of gay-couple households among America’s large cities.

Recently-released estimates from the Census Bureau show that in 2012, 2.6 percent of Seattle households were gay couples.  That is the highest percentage among the 50 most populous cities in the United States.

San Francisco, which had held the top spot since the Census Bureau began counting same-sex couples in 2000, ranked second with 2.5 percent of all households.

It’s a sharp reversal from previous census estimates.  In 2011, San Francisco had 2.4 percent gay-couple households to Seattle’s 1.7.

We are still No. 2 to San Francisco, however, for the percentage of gay-male households.  But Seattle claimed the top city for the percentage of lesbian couples by a relatively wide margin.  With lesbian couples making up 1.2 percent of households in 2012, Seattle was the only large city to exceed 1 percent.

There are about 125,000 couples living together in Seattle; of those, an estimated 7,551 are gay couples, whether married or unmarried.  That pencils out to about one in every 17 couple households in the city.

In Seattle, as in most of the 50 cities, the majority of gay couple households are men, but it is a fairly even split here: 46 percent of Seattle’s gay couples are women.   Some cities are more lopsided; in Atlanta, 80 percent of the households are male, while in Wichita, 88 percent are lesbian.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from Seattle is El Paso, Texas, which edged out Fort Worth as having the lowest concentration of same-sex couples.  El Paso has just one-tenth the percentage of gay-couple households as Seattle.

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