Following their report on the growth of same-sex households in Union County, The Charlotte Observer published today a new report on similar increases in Charlotte. Statewide, North Carolina experienced an increase of some 68 percent, according to an analysis by UCLA’s Williams Institute.
Reporter Adam Bell writes:
The Charlotte area’s rise in gay and lesbian households over the past decade mirrors a trend across North Carolina, an Observer analysis of new census data shows.
Statewide, the growth rate for same-sex households was 68 percent between 2000 and last year, and now stands at 27,250 homes. That’s a number about equal to all the homes in Gastonia.
Mecklenburg County’s growth rate was 81 percent. The state’s most-populous county also had the most same-sex households, 3,221.
Bell also spoke to John Stotler, chair of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. “It’s a really good feeling to stand up and be counted,” Stotler told the paper.