Saturday, July 16, 2011

2010 U.S. Census: Where The Boys Are (And Girls)

According to new statistics released by the 2010 U.S. Census, New York City recorded a 27% increase in the number of same-sex couples over the last 10 years. A total of 32,972 households reported themselves as same-sex couples last year, up from 25,906 in 2000.

Of course, this does not take into account either those who remain in the closet or the thousands of couples likely to proclaim their queerness once they can legally marry in the state on July 24.

WYNC nets it out for us: Not surprisingly, the largest percentage of gay pairings is concentrated in the corridor from Greenwich Village through Chelsea into Hells Kitchen, Manhattan's three primary gayborhoods. In onecensus tract bounded by Sixth and Eighth Avenues and 18th and 22nd streets—the heart of Chelsea—22% of all couples were same-sex.

In that same zone, gay male couples outnumber lesbians 226 to 36, pointing to a larger statistic: males make up 60% of the queer couples in the city. However, exceptions exist, not surprisingly in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where lesbian couples outnumber males.

WNYC also put together this handy, interactive map where you can zero in and click on any particular neighborhood. I was able to find my precise block in Brooklyn Heights (right), where I discovered that of 906 self-reported couples, 5.2% are gay. Hurrah!