Is the Seattle Gayborhood Vanishing?

Capitol Hill, SeattleCensus data show the number of same-sex couple households increased in nearly every neighborhood in Seattle between 2000 and 2012.* Citywide, the number jumped 52 percent, bringing the total to about 7,500 households.

The big exception: Capitol Hill. Seattle’s “gayborhood” experienced a 23 percent drop in same-sex couple households in this period.

The Census Bureau does not ask people directly about their sexual orientation. It does, however, collect data on gay-couple households; researchers often use this data as an indicator of overall gay population.

And the data suggest that Capitol Hill is indeed losing gay population: just one out of nine gay couples in Seattle now live on Capitol Hill, down from one out of six in 2000.

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