Metro Areas with Highest Percentages of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children Are in States with Constitutional Bans on Marriage
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May 20, 2013
Salt Lake City, Memphis and San Antonio among top 5 metro areas over 1 million.
LOS ANGELES—The metro areas with the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children are in states that have a constitutional ban on marriage, according to a new infographic created by the Williams Institute.
“Research consistently shows that same-sex couples raise children all across the country,” said Williams Institute public policy research fellow, Angeliki Kastanis. “This analysis underscores the fact that recognition of LGBT families is a consequential policy question in every state.”
Mississippi has the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children at 26 percent. Below is a list of the top ten metro areas above and below 1 million:
Population Below 1 Million
Population Above 1 Million
Metro Area Name
|% Same-sex couples raising children||
Metro Area Name
|% Same-sex couples raising children|
|Grand Forks, ND-MN||65%||Salt Lake City, UT||26%|
|Bismarck, ND||61%||Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||24%|
|Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA||46%||Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI||22%|
|Laredo, TX||45%||Memphis, TN-MS-AR||22%|
|Visalia-Porterville, CA||44%||San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX||22%|
|Cheyenne, WY||43%||Baltimore-Towson, MD||20%|
|Rapid City, SD||43%||Columbus, OH||19%|
|Sioux City, IA-NE-SD||43%||Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT||19%|
|Brownsville-Harlingen, TX||42%||Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX||19%|
|Longview, WA||42%||Oklahoma City, OK||19%|
The top metro areas depicted in the graphic are comprised of a large population center and the adjacent communities that are highly economically integrated with that center. Each area is made up of one or more counties.