Bay Area Has Highest Percentage of LGBT Population in U.S.: Gallup Poll

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Gallup's latest poll of major metropolitan areas shows that San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward have the highest concentration of LGBT people in the nation.

The organization conducted more than 374,000 interviews conducted between June 2012 and December 2014.

6.2 percent of people surveyed in those areas responded affirmatively to the question, "Do you, personally, identify as gay, lesbian or transgender?" This compares to Gallup's reported national average of 3.6 percent.

The poll stated, "This is the largest ongoing study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record, and the first time a study has had large enough sample sizes to provide estimates of the LGBT population by MSA [Metropolitan Statistical Area]."

The Bay Area is followed by the Pacific Northwest, with Portland, OR, Hillsboro, OR and Vancouver, WA reporting 5.4 percent.

San Jose is mentioned as one of the cities with the lowest LGBT populations in the country, taking a place alongside Houston, Cincinnati, Raleigh and Birmingham, AL.

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