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Avondale Estates a Haven for Gay Couples

Census study recently performed by California think tank

Avondale Estates has the state's highest population of gay couples per household, according to a California think tank that recently conducted an analysis of new U.S. census numbers.

According to a recent Georgia Voice article, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found Avondale Estates had the highest concentration of gay couples, 49.30 per 1,000 households. Decatur came in second, with 39.37 per 1,000 households, although the study did not break down city residents vs. unincorporated DeKalb residents who have a Decatur address.

North Druid Hills (36.87 per 1,000), Scottdale (32.36 per 1,000) and North Decatur (30 per 1,000), followed.

Fulton County had the highest total of same-sex couples at 5,554. DeKalb County ranked second at 5,006 couples. In terms of gay couple concentrations, DeKalb registered 18.42 same-sex couples per 1,000 households, while Fulton cited 14.76 per 1,000.

The article said the Williams Institute conducted extensive analysis of "unmarried partner" census numbers.

Almost 30,000 same-sex couples live together in Georgia, according to the 2010 census. The census did not ask respondents to indicate their sexual orientation, but did allow respondents to indicate if they live with a "unmarried partner" or "spouse" and then indicate the sex of that person. Those answers were used to tabulate the number of same-sex couple households.

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