Fort Lauderdale ranks in the top 10 of American cities with the most married same-sex male couples, according to data from the U.S. Treasury Department.
The New York Times published the information on Monday. San Francisco topped the list with 3.2 percent of its population consisting of married male couples followed by Washington (2.7%), New York (2.4%), Palm Springs, California (1.7%), Seattle (1.4%), Oakland, California (1.4%), Los Angeles (1.1%), Long Beach, California (1%), Fort Lauderdale (1%) and Boston (1%).
The data is from 2013 and 2014, before the landmark Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v. Hodges in June of 2015, which recognized gay marriage in all states. The Treasury Department estimates 97.5 percent of married couples file their taxes jointly. In 2014 there were an estimated 183,280 same-sex marriages.
Women accounted for 55 percent of same-sex marriages. Oakland, California had the highest concentration of same-sex female couples with 2.1 percent followed by Seattle (1.3%), San Francisco (1.1%), Springfield, Mass. (1.1%), Long Beach Beach, California (1%), Washington (0.9%), Boston (0.9%), Portland, Oregon (0.9%) and Madison, Wisconsin (0.8%).
Perhaps most startling is the average earnings of male same-sex couples: $176,000. Married male couples, on the average earn $52,000 more than married lesbian couples and $63,000 more than married straight couples.
Fort Lauderdale was the only Florida city to make the top 20 of cities where same-sex male and female couples live.
The research paper was published in August of 2016 by the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Analysis.