Another “top” cities list is out today and it explodes a few myths. But first, the top twenty gay cities in the U.S (no order):
- San Francisco
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Washington, D.C.
- San Diego
- Portland, Oregon
- Columbus, Ohio
- Santa Rosa
- Springfield, Massachusetts,
- Portland, Maine
- Eugene, Oregon
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Ithaca, New York.
First myth exploded: Gay people cluster in cities and within those cities cluster in neighborhoods.
The research notes:
“Gay people live everywhere,in cities, suburbs, and even in the country—one in seven same-sex couples live in rural areas.”
Research shows that considerable benefits accrue to those cities and metro areas that have sizable, numbers of gay men and lesbians. Income levels are higher, as are many other measures of life satisfaction.
Other research supports the value of a high number of gays in any community.
And there’s more myths exploded:
- Ronald Inglehart’s World Values Surveys have found that tolerance in general, and tolerance toward gays and lesbians in particular, is associated with the shift to a more modern, more democratic, and more affluent “post-materialist” political culture.
- Soul of the Community, a study conducted by the Gallup Organization, found that more open and tolerant attitudes toward LGBT people (as well as to other groups) was one of two key factors, along with natural beauty and environmental quality, that corresponded with higher levels of satisfaction with and emotional attachment to a community.
- A cross-national study by Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that tolerant attitudes in general correlated with more open attitudes toward globalization, as well as with higher rates of economic performance.