According to a recent Gallup survey, D.C. has the largest percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the country. Ten percent of the District's residents identify themselves as LGBT, which is twice as much as the runner-up, Hawaii. Maryland and Virginia have 3.3 and 2.9 percent respectively, while North Dakota has just 1.7.
Gallup's survey was composed of over 200,000 interviews that took place between June and December 2012. Gallup calls it "the largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record." Here's what they had to say about their findings:
While the variation in LGBT identification across states is relatively small, findings do suggest some evidence that the variation is not entirely random. Social climates that promote acceptance of or stigma toward LGBT individuals could affect how many adults disclose an LGBT identity. LGBT people who live in places where they feel accepted may be more likely than those who live in places where they feel stigmatized to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity to a survey interviewer.
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