Gay Households: Seattle Ranks No. 2 in Nation

Gay Households: Seattle Ranks No. 2 in Nation

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Pride flag raising at Seattle City Hall. Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian
Pride flag raising at Seattle City Hall. Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian

Seattle has passed San Francisco in the number of households headed by same-sex couples and is now ranked second, just behind Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Florida, which has been a vacation destination for many gay and lesbian couples for years, ranks first with 2.8 percent of households headed by same-sex couples. Seattle is second with 2.6 percent, a huge jump from last year which was just 1.7 percent. San Francisco follows not far behind with 2.5 percent and Minneapolis after that, coming in at 2.4 percent.

Seattle legalized gay marriage in December and Seattle City Hall has been welcoming wedding ceremonies ever since the day it was legalized.

“Seattle has long been hailed as a gay-friendly city, but its recent hold of same sex households may be attributed to its overall family friendliness,” Huffington Post reported.

Pride flag raising at Seattle City Hall. Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian
Pride flag raising at Seattle City Hall. Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian

Interestingly, Ft. Lauderdale is the only city in a state on the list that gay marriage isn’t even legal yet.

Minneapolis follows Portland and Maine at 2.2 percent. The remaining five cities on the list are Somerville, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; Providence, Rhode Island;  Washington, D.C., and Warwick, Rhode Island.

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  1. Actually the ranking is not for the ‘number’ of households headed by same-sex couples. It’s the ‘percentage’ of households headed by same-sex couples. Ft. Lauderdale ranked first in percentages, but it has a much smaller population.

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