A new report shows the District of Columbia (D.C.) in Washington has the highest population of self-identifying LGBTI people.
8.6% of people identify as LGBTI in the American state of D.C., followed by 5.3% in Vermont and 4.9% in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.
The report found that the Pacific, Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions have all had an increase in LGBTI residents.
States with the least number of LGBTI people include South Dakota (2%), North Dakota (2.7%) and Idaho (2.8%).
The report points to factors such as millennial influences and greater social acceptance.
This includes the rise in mobility when traveling to different states if someone is feeling unsafe in their home state.
The report states: ‘State-level rankings by the portion of adults identifying as LGBT clearly relate to the regional differences in LGBT social acceptance.
‘[These] tend to be higher in the East and West and lower in the South and Midwest.’
The figures are based on data collected in 2015/16 and include phone interviews from more than 400,000 people.
As the capital of the United States, the District of Columbia is also one of the most progressive states.
10 million LGBTI people in America
A new study revealed that there are over 10 million people who now identify as LGBTI in America.
The study reported a 1.75 million increase of people who identify as LGBTI than five years ago.
Gallup said: ‘These figures imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more compared with 2012.’
The overall percentage increased from 3.5% in 2012 to 4.1% in 2016.