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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Study: Seattle is the most LGBT-friendly city in the U.S.

From the 2012 Seattle Pride March: Sarah Champion creates a rainbow balloon arch (Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

From the 2012 Seattle Pride March: Sarah Champion creates a rainbow balloon arch (Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

June is Pride Month, and here’s some great news to kick off the celebration.

A new report names Seattle the friendliest city in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

To honor this year’s Pride, personal finance website NerdWallet compiled a list of the top-20 LGBT-friendly cities. They considered three factors for their rankings:

1.    Presence of gay community, based on U.S. Census data on the percentage of households with same-sex partners in each city.

2.    LGBT-friendly laws and opportunities, based on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index.

3.    LGBT safety and tolerance, based on FBI data on the number of sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents in each city.

Seattle aced all three categories. No city has a higher percentage of same-sex partner households (we broke that news last year here on FYI Guy). Seattle also had a perfect score of 100 on the HRC equality index, and a relatively low rate of sexual orientation-related hate crimes at 0.95 per 100,000 residents.

With a final score of 96.8, Seattle easily beat out No. 2 San Francisco.

For a complete list of the top-20 cities, go to NerdWallet.com.

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