Fort Lauderdale beat every big city at growing its gay and lesbian population between 2000 and 2010. During that time span, the portion of households containing same-sex partners increased more in the South Florida city than in all other cities of similar or greater size.
Using Census data, SFGN figured out each cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unmarried gay-couple-to-straight-couple ratio in 2000, subtracted it from their 2010 ratio, and ranked places by going from biggest increases to smallest. We included only towns with a 2010 population of at least 100,000 in order to control for city size.
The largest growth in same-sex-couple households per capita was in cities near traditional LGBT hotspots. The top two spots went to Fort Lauderdale and Portland, Ore., while Victorville, California, took 10th place.
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