An updated study from The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shows that the U.S. transgender community may have as many as 1.4 million adults.
The study titled ‘How Many Adults Identify as Transgender in the United States‘ estimates that 0.6% of American adults are transgender.
‘The findings from this study are critical to current policy discussions that impact transgender people,’ said Jody Herman, one of the authors of the study. ‘Policy debates on access to bathrooms, discrimination and a host of other issues should rely on the best available data to assess potential impacts, including how many people may be affected.’
The research is also the first ever to give a breakdown by the different states in the country.
It’s been found that there are differences in the percentage of adults who identify as transgender among the states.
Hawaii (0.8%), California (0.8%), Georgia (0.8%), New Mexico (0.8%), Texas (0.7%), and Florida (0.7%) are the states that have the highest percentages of adults who identify as transgender.
On the other end of the spectrum, North Dakota (0.3%), Iowa (0.3%), Wyoming (0.3%), Montana (0.3%), and South Dakota (0.3%) have the lowest percentages.
It is also reported that young adults are more likely than older adults to identify as transgender:
‘Among adults ages 18 to 24, 0.7% identify as transgender; among adults ages 25 to 64, 0.6% identify as transgender; and among adults ages 65 and older, 0.5% identify as transgender.’
According to the press release, the 1.4 million figure is double of the estimates from 10 years ago.
This may be due to various reasons, such as increased visibility and acceptance of transgender people, more legal protections, and so on.
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