4.5% of U.S. adults identify as LGBT

By on April 18, 2019

An estimated 4.5% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and they tend to be younger and poorer than the population at large, according to an analysis of polling data released on Tuesday.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law examined previously released results from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey and went deeper into the data, enabling a more detailed demographic picture of the adult U.S. LGBT population of roughly 11.3 million people.

The institute found Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of LGBT people at 9.8% and North Dakota had the lowest at 2.7%.

The self-identifying LGBT population also skews younger. Only 23% are age 50 or older, compared with 47% of non-LGBT adults, and 56% of LGBT adults are under age 35 compared with 28% for the non-LGBT population.

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