Bay Emerging as in Place to Be 'Out'
- Back Bay Demographics
map outlines the boundaries of the 02116 ZIP code. Courtesy
The U.S. Census
in 2000 determined that 8.4 percent, or about 1,700, of the Back
Bay's residents identify themselves as gay or lesbian.
What is harder
to determine is how much of a change this is from a decade ago.
Not long ago,
the Census Bureau admitted in a press release that the 1990 census
was flawed and did not accurately track same sex "spouse"
combinations, and other gay demographic information.
One thing is
clear: Whatever someone's sexual orientation, residency in the Back
Bay makes them part of a rather exclusive club.
[file in .pdf] drawn from the 2000 Census
the affluent neighborhood maintains a median household income
of more than $65,500, which is approximately $25,500 greater than
the median household income throughout the greater city of Boston.
on members of the gay population can fluctuate, subject to whether
or not an individual is public about his or her sexual preferences.
Current numbers available from the 2000 Census reveal that the
overwhelming majority of the Back Bay gay population is male.
- The number
of same sex couples in the neighborhood, according to gaydemographics.org,
is 275. Of those, 259 are male and 16 are female couples.
- Roughly 13
percent of couples in the neighborhood are gay.
- The total
gay population in Massachusetts is 34,198, ranking it 13th in
the nation in size.
of the 02116 ZIP code
blossom at the corner of Commonwealth and Arlington streets
at Commonwealth and Dartmouth streets
The Church of the Covenant
on Newbury and Berkeley streets
The official website
Allegro: Boston's chorus for GLBT communities
Bay / Beacon Hill Data Profile (IN .PDF)