The top U.S. cities for same-sex couples according to the census

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U.S. News and World Report writer crunches the numbers

The 2010 census marked the first time that same-sex married couples will be counted as such in the decennial population count. During the 2000 census, even when no state recognized same-sex marriages, many gay couples listed themselves as spouses; now that five states, plus the District of Columbia, issue licenses to same-sex couples, the bureau will be able to count them more accurately, and that data will be released for the first time ever this November.  Danielle Kurtzleben’s article in U.S. News and World Report avaialble here.

According to the more detailed article census data from recent years shows more specifically where high concentrations of same-sex couples are living. The data suggests that a large proportion of same-sex couples in a city, state, or region is a factor that sets the stage for legislation granting marriage rights to non-heterosexual couples.

According to Census Bureau data gathered from 2005 through 2009, below are the 10 cities with the highest proportion of unmarried partners of the same sex, as measured by household.

Metropolitan Area Percentage of Households Occupied by Unmarried Partners of Same-sex

1. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif. 1.36%

2. Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. 1.12

3. Barnstable Town, Mass. 1.10

4. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine 1.09

5. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif. 1.03

6. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.-Wash. 1.00

7. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif. 0.95

8. Springfield, Mass. 0.92

9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. 0.91

10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. 0.91

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2005-9