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

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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.

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