Ohio’s LGBTQ+ population among largest in U.S., report says

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio is among the states with the highest number of adults identifying within the LGBTQ+ community, a new study has found.

The state’s LGBTQ+ population is the sixth largest in the nation, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. The study found about 557,000 adults in Ohio, or 6.2% of the state’s population, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or an orientation or gender identity other than heterosexual.

The percentage marks a steady increase from the institute’s 2020 study, when 4.3% of those in Ohio, about 462,000 adults, said they identify within the community.

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California is home to the largest population with more than 1.4 million LGBTQ+ adults, and Texas is ranked second with 1 million adults. Florida, with 898,000 is third, New York (853,600) fourth and Pennsylvania (586,500) fifth. Wyoming marked the lowest LGBTQ+ population with 26,300 adults.

Nationally, the report found 14.1 million adults in the U.S., or about 5.6% of the population, are LGBTQ+. The institute’s estimate is a bit lower than a recent Gallup poll surveying more than 10,000 individuals that found 7.2% of U.S. adults identify within the community.

The institute said more than half of LGBTQ+ people in the nation live in the Midwest and the South, including 2.9 million people in the Midwest and 5.2 million in the South. About one-quarter of LGBTQ+ adults live in the West, about 3.4 million people, while less than one in five live in the northeast, about 2.5 million.

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Nearly one in six young adults identify within the community while fewer adults are LGBTQ+ at the older end of the age continuum, the study said. More than 15% of the nation’s LGBTQ+ population are ages 18 to 24, while 9.2% are 25 to 34, 4.2% are 35 to 49, 2.8% are 50 to 64 and 1.8% are 65 and older.

View the Williams Institute’s entire study below.


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