So, Where Are You Moving?

People love talking about studies. They love to know what gay people and millennials and single people are doing so that we can know where they all are going and what they all are doing. We love studying how people are.

Studies are fascinating too! Lots make you go “Huh. How about that?!” and then you keep scrolling through your daily reading and continue living your life. So add this to your mix of things to go “Huh. How about that?!” about today: I’ve gotten a tip on a study that is detailing where different people are moving.

Thanks to a trend study by Consumer Affairs, we now have a map of where we’re all moving. And? Lots of interesting news. For LGBT people, everyone is all about the San Francisco: it’s still the number one city with 6.2% of the population being LGBT in 2014. What’s interesting is that the percentage has dropped from 1990, when LGBT people were 6.5% of the population. Other places of note: Austin went from 3.7% population in 1990 to 5.3% in 2014, New Orleans went from 1.63% to 5.1%, and Los Angeles, my home, has gone from a 2.97% to 4.6% population. These numbers are surprisingly small yet, as the study reports, “roughly 3% of Americans identify as something other than ‘straight,'” which is weird. While that seems a bit of a downer, some fascinating bits are to be noted: Salt Lake City had a giant increase, from 1% to 4.7%, a jump so big that they are now in the top ten places to live and—similarly—eleven of the top twenty cities are red states (like Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, etc.). Also, like that San Francisco note, lots of LGBT friendly places are losing their numbers, as is the case with Minneapolis, San Diego, and New York whose numbers have dipped similarly. Perhaps this just means the love is spreading?

But what about millennials? Their shit is all over the place, according to the map, but the overall conclusion is that they’re moving to smaller cities. While marriage is generally down, single people are staying East and North while couples tend to go to cities in the West and South. And your parents? They’re staying in warm places like the coasts and the South. The one startling, “Thanks, science!” thing about this is that their population will double by 2050, to be over eighty million. Exciting!

It’s all fairly fascinating and, again, very, “Huh. How about that?!” You can poke around the map(s) here and maybe learn a bit about yourself and your people in the process.

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