A groundbreaking new Gallup study tracking the percentage of adults who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender by state shows populations range from a low of 1.7 percent in North Dakota to a high of ten percent in Washington D.C.
With the exception of D.C., all states are within two percentage points of the 3.5 percent national average. Hawaii had the second largest population with 5.1 percent identifying themselves as LGBT.
Not surprisingly, states with higher LGBT percentages tend to be more liberal and have more supportive legal climates that ban discrimination and allow civil unions or marriage for same-sex couples. Meanwhile, the states with lower percentages of LGBT are generally the most conservative, the study said.
Researchers pointed out it was the largest study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. and the first to offer estimates of the LGBT population by state.