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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

San Francisco: Officially The Gayest Place in America

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM

click to enlarge Unsurprised...
  • Unsurprised...
The Daily Beast commissioned perhaps the queerest survey ever, and the results are in -- or in this case, out: It doesn't get any gayer than San Francisco.

One quick scan across anything in your peripheral vision could confirm just as much, but there's now indisputable data for anyone looking to put to rest the age-old debate over which city is the gayest. With 12.4 same-sex couples per thousand households, San Francisco comes out on top. Heh.

Demographers Richard Florida and Gary Gates developed an index that

measures how the proportion of gay and lesbian households in a given

metropolitan area compares to the rest of the nation. They acknowledged

that a place declared the "Gay Capital of the Nation" taking the No. 1

spot is about as surprising as the Sahara being sandy (or Clay Aiken

being of the gay persuasion). Yet they thought readers still might be interested to learn more about our Gay Mecca -- did you know that

men make up 60 percent of same-sex couples in the San Francisco Bay Area? Something tells us the

multitudes of "Why me?" single women in the city aren't picking their jaws off the

floor at that factoid.

Hey! You didn't tell me you weren't!
  • Hey! You didn't tell me you weren't!
The Daily Beast also makes mention

of other studies essentially all pointing to the same conclusion:

Areas with a higher concentration of gays and lesbians are way cooler. Quality of life, businesses, income levels, and housing values all go up

where the rainbow flag flies.

That being said, "...the presence of LGBT

people isn't a sufficient condition for wealth

creation in and of itself; gay men and lesbians are no more

sophisticated, economically productive, innovative, or entrepreneurial

than any other group on average. But places that attract gay people and

lesbians tend to have the same open-minded attitudes and business styles

that foster innovation."


out the Top 10. See the rest of the list here.
1. Baghdad by the Bay
2. Santa Rosa,

California (where some gay San Franciscans moved to raise their families, no doubt)

Portland, Maine

4. Boston, Massachusetts

5. Seattle, Washington

6. Sacramento, California

7. Austin, Texas

8. Portland, Oregon

9. San Diego, California

10. Springfield, Massachusetts

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