What percentage of the US population is transgender?
There have been various studies and surveys throughout the years regarding transgender statistics in the United States. However, we are yet to get an accurate reading of the transgender population.
Many LGBT+ activists believe that surveys are unreliable and there actually many more trans people than recorded due to the fear of discrimination and transphobia.
But studies and surveys serve a purpose as we can cross-examine them and get a rough idea of the number of trans people in the US.
Transgender population in the United States
According to the Williams Institute, in 2016, approximately 0.6 percent of adults in the United States identified as transgender. This translates to just over 1.3 million adults.
This number shows a huge increase from the institute’s study five years before. In fact, the percentage had doubled.
Researchers had a theory on why this may be. They said the “increase in visibility and social acceptance of transgender people may increase the number of individuals willing to identify as transgender on a government-administered survey.”
Meanwhile, in 2017, LGBT statistics by GLAAD reported that an estimated 3 percent of the US population identified as transgender across various age groups.
Transgender statistics according to states
The university study also broke down its stats per state.
States with the highest transgender population:
- California: 0.76 percent
- Massachusetts: 0.57 percent
- New York: 0.51 percent
- New Jersey: 0.44 percent
- Pennsylvania: 0.44 percent
States with the lowest transgender population:
- Nebraska: 0.39 percent
- Montana: 0.34 percent
- South Dakota: 0.34 percent
- Iowa: 0.31 percent
- North Dakota: 0.30 percent
Overall, it was found that more young people are transgender. This is likely due to LGBT+ education becoming more available and known, thus giving youth a chance to understand themselves better and to come out as trans.
Indeed, these statistics are just estimates and do not reflect the true percentage of those who are transgender. While stigma remains, it may be a while before a census shows us reliable data about the trans community.
Thankfully, existing studies and activists who spread awareness do give us an idea of the percentage, and society is taking steps in the right direction.
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