Vocativ's Queer Index Reveals The Most LGBT Friendly City In U.S.
Nigel Campbell | June 11, 2014
According to the Queer Index from Vocativ, Los Angeles is the place to be!
So what's the Queer Index?
The Queer Index is a rich analysis of dozens of quality-of-life factors for America’s LGBT communities in 100 U.S. cities, based on Vocativ’s proprietary technology that mines the deep web—the 80 percent of the Internet outside the scope of search engines. According to the Index, Los Angeles is the top city in the country for LGBTs, followed in order by New York, San Francisco, Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago.The Index sources 32 publicly available data sets to analyze 16 key lifestyle metrics. It weighs variables that reflect and influence how and where LGBT Americans live, work, play, party, fall in love and raise families. Specific factors explored include the size of cities’ LGBT communities, number of out singles, queer-friendly businesses, hate-crime rates and even the ease of casual hookups.
Vocativ CEO Scott Cohen explains:
“For Pride Month, we wanted to create a useful, fun guide to LGBT life across the country. We started off with a simple premise: What’s life really like for the queer community. From there we homed in on the community’s passions, concerns and daily realities—and then we started collecting the data. Diving into the numbers, we learned new things about known LGBT meccas. For example, New York City has the most hate groups in the country. We also found countless surprises. Who knew that Memphis has the most single lesbians per capita in the country?”
Head over to the Queer Index for the full list and breakdown of the 35 most LGBT friendly cities in the U.S. and get detailed info on specific categories like which cities have the highest number of queer singles, the hottest for hookups, etc.
Any surprises, Instincters?