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A Look At The 10 U.S. Metro Areas With The Highest LGBT Populations

03/20/2015 03:34 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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The West Coast has a significantly higher number of cities with burgeoning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, a new Gallup Poll has revealed.

The San Francisco metro area came in on top of the new survey, with 6.2 percent of its population identifying as LGBT, followed by Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas at 5.4 and 5.3 percent, respectively. Also making an appearance in the top 10 are Seattle (4.8 percent) and Los Angeles (4.6 percent).

Collectively, the list includes metro areas from every region of the U.S. with the exception of the Midwest. Also noticeably absent from the list was New York, although 4 percent of its population does identify as LGBT.

As Time pointed out, the Gallup analysis is based on a survey of 374,325 adults, and was conducted between June 2012 and December 2014.

Read more about the Gallup poll here, or check out the top 10 cities with the highest LGBT populations in the slideshow below.

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