The Williams Institute has released the analysis of Indiana's same-sex couples recorded in the 2010 census. The results, for those who know Indiana's gay landscape, are hardly surprising.
Gay men are clustered mostly in the state's urban areas - Indianapolis, Bloomington, Ft. Wayne, and Evansville. Lesbian couples, however, are mostly clustered in the south central part of the state with Bloomington as the epicenter.
Jerame and I met in Bloomington and have several lesbian friends who live in the area. While many of the surrounding counties are known mostly for the rednecks, lesbian couples are also quite common in those rural areas. Green County, for example, has a popular pride festival in one of the smallest towns in the state; lesbians are the primary organizer of the event.
More details after the jump.
According to the Williams Institute, the top five counties with the highest percentage of same-sex couples are:
- Monroe (biggest city: Bloomington)
- Marion (biggest city: Indianapolis)
- Brown (biggest city: Nashville)
- Floyd (biggest city: New Albany)
- Vanderburgh (biggest city: Evansville)
I was a little surprised by Brown County ranking so high, but Floyd County's inclusion shocked me. I had no idea there were that many gays and lesbians in New Albany.
The top five cities with the highest percentage of same-sex couples are:
- Indianapolis (Indiana's capital)
- Bloomington (home of Indiana University)
- New Albany
- Michigan City
- Lafayette (home of Purdue University)
While Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Lafayette are all known as LGBT-friendly areas of the state, New Albany has popped up again as a large concentration of queer folks. I'm also amazed that Michigan City made the top five over Evansville or Ft. Wayne.
You can download the Indiana-specific white paper or check out other states at the website.