How Gay is Palm Springs, California?

Palm Springs, California Gay Real EstateSomewhere between urban legend and informed estimate lies the figure that is the measure of Palm Springs’ “gayness.”

For more than a decade, the number that most frequently comes up in conversation, in advertising, in speeches by politicians pegging the city’s LGBT population at 40 percent. So where did that number come from, and is it even close to being accurate?

New census data on same-sex couples provides a firmer statistical foundation for estimates that suggest the population of gays and lesbians in Palm Springs is at least 40 percent and could be closer to 60.

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