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These are the parts of the UK with the most lesbian, gay and bisexual people

The 2022 census recorded the sexual orientation of people in England and Wales for the first time

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

For the first time ever, the 2022 UK census asked people to state their sexual orientation and gender identity – painting a more detailed picture of the population of England and Wales.

The results found that 1.5 million people living in those two nations identify as LGB+, with more than 1.5 percent of the population identifying as gay or lesbian and 1.3 percent as bisexual, as well as 165,000 people with ‘other’ sexual orientations.

The data also revealed the areas of the UK with the highest percentage of residents who said they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or other on the 2022 census form – and the results are in!

Brighton and Hove had the highest percentage of LGB+ residents, while many London boroughs also had a high number of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or ‘other’. Cambridge and Norwich scored highly outside of London, while Manchester just missed out on making the top ten, with 6.67 percent of residents saying they were LGB+. Scotland is yet to publish data from its 2022 census.

Here are the parts of England and Wales with the most LGB+ people, according to the latest census:

1. Brighton and Hove: 10.73 percent

2. City of London: 10.32 percent

3. Lambeth, London: 8.25 percent

4. Southwark, London: 8.08 percent

5. Islington, London: 8.01 percent

6. Hackney, London: 7.82 percent

7. Cambridge: 7.53 percent

8. Norwich: 7.32 percent

9. Tower Hamlets, London: 7.17 percent

10. Camden, London: 6.94 percent

You can view the full census map and find out more here.

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