State Profiles of LGBT Poverty in the United States

By Soon Kyu Choi, M.V. Lee Badgett, and Bianca D.M. Wilson

This study compares poverty rates between LGBT and cisgender straight people in 35 states. In a majority of the states, LGBT people experience higher rates of poverty than cisgender straight people. In the South, 24% of LGBT adults are living in poverty, followed by the Midwest (23%), the West (22%), and the Northeast (18%).

In addition to poverty rates, researchers examined social statuses that traditionally contribute to economic stability, including gender, race, age, and urban-rural residence in some states.

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