Gallup Poll Breaks Up LGBT Percentage by State

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Despite having several gay-friendly cities, Florida ranks 23rd among the 50 U.S. states regarding the number of people identifying as LGBT within each state, according to a newly released national Gallup poll.

Polling service Gallup has released what they call the “largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record,” which not also sheds some light on the number of LGBT people who are open about their sexuality, but also looks at the possible reasons behind the percentages.

The study, conducted between June 1 and Dec. 30, 2012, asked an average of 1,000 people in each state to answer the question: “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?”

Results show that residents in the District of Columbia were more likely to identify as LGBT, with 10 percent of respondents in the state saying “yes” to the question. District of Columbia was followed by Hawaii (5.1 percent) and Vermont (4.9 percent).

Among the states with the lowest percentage of people identifying as LGBT were North Dakota (1.7 percent), Montana (2.6 percent) and Mississippi (2.6 percent).

All states fell within a few percentage points from the national average of 3.5 percent.

Gallup concluded that states with high LGBT percentages tend to be more liberal and have more supportive LGBT legal climates, while those at the lower end of the LGBT spectrum are generally the most conservative. This could also have an effect on the results of the survey; those who live in an environment that’s not welcoming of LGBTs—both legal and ideologically—could have remained closeted in their survey answers.

See the full ranking below.