A new national survey ranks Salt Lake City's population of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults as seventh highest among the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas — a finding that may surprise only those who live outside the Beehive State.
"We've long known that Salt Lake City has a high LGBT population," Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, said. "But when I meet people elsewhere and they find out I'm from Salt Lake City, they are always so concerned and say, 'Your job must be so hard.'
"They don't realize what a gay-affirming and gay-friendly city Salt Lake has become."
The survey, released Friday by the national pollster Gallup, found that 4.7 percent of Salt Lake City residents self-identify as LGBT.
The San Francisco metropolitan area, long the hub of gay rights activism, topped the rankings at 6.2 percent. Also ahead of Utah in the top 10 were Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, New Orleans and Boston.
Birmingham, Ala., was ranked the lowest at 2.6 percent, just behind Memphis, Tenn., and Pittsburgh.
The rankings are based on surveys of 374,325 adults age 18 or older across the 50 largest metropolitan areas who were asked: "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?"
Gallup's surveys were conducted between June 2012 and December 2014. All but two of the metro areas surveyed a minimum of 3,000 individuals and none had a margin of error of greater than plus or minus 1 percent, according to a description of the survey on Gallup's website.
A previous Gallup survey found 3.6 percent of the overall U.S. population identifies as LGBT.
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