What is the distribution of homosexuals across city size? Using GSS data, here is what I found:
Percent of the total sex-specific population
Rural/small town 2.1
Small city 2.4
Medium-size city 3.0
Large city 4.3
Very large city 6.0
Rural/small town 1.4
Small city 2.9
Medium-size city 2.5
Large city 3.1
Very large city 2.0
The larger the place of residence, the higher the percent of men who are gay. But for lesbians, there doesn't seem to be a pattern (except for a lower share in small towns). Of course, the numbers bounce around since we are making estimates for a small group of people.
So, assuming we are observing a real pattern here, why are there so many more gay men in large cities, but not lesbians? Are gay men more drawn to the cultural advantages of the big city? More job opportunities for the kinds of work they excel in? Do they experience more unfriendly treatment in small towns than lesbians, or are they less willing to admit their orientation in an interview if they live somewhere that is less populated? Is it harder to find partners in smaller towns, but lesbians don't care as much? Something else?
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