I thought they all lived somewhere else

by on August 25, 2011  •  In Social science

Ah, the power of numbers and maps. Using Census Bureau data (that counts only households, and therefore can identify same-sex couples but not individual lgbt persons), Williams Institute ace demographer Gary Gates continues to generate analyses that tell us and the rest of the world where we are and where we cluster.

And there is clearly something about this information that strikes the world as big news, big enough for the N Y Times to run an article about it on page 1 above the fold. Good golly, those gays really are everywhere! Like maps of divorce rates, health insurance coverage, foreclosures, obesity, religiosity, you name it – if you can map it, it must be real.

And so my friend Gary, the merry wizard of Westwood, gleefully crunches numbers.


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