Map: Most gay-friendly neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

Where do same-sex couples choose to live in Pittsburgh?

In cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia that's an easier question. In these places, "gay villages" have become institutions, complete with street branding, city-sponsored festivals and mentions in Fodors.

In Pittsburgh, not so much. While Shadyside and the Mexican War Streets have long been acknowledged as gay-friendly neighborhoods, the city doesn't yet have a district as distinctive as Dupont Circle in Washington or the Castro District in San Francisco.

But thanks to Census data, we have a glimpse into what may be yet to come.

This map was created by Post-Gazette data reporter Andrew McGill, working with 2008-2012 data from the American Community Survey. Every dot represents one household where respondents identified themselves as living with a same-sex partner.

Dots were randomly distributed within Census tracts and do not represent an actual household location.

While this method of determining LGBT housing preference is far from ideal -- reporting bias, margins of error and geographic quirks may underweight or overweight certain neighborhoods -- it does give some insight into where same-sex couples choose to live.

Check DataBurgh this week to see other density maps created by Post-Gazette employees -- and learn how to make one yourself.

First Published June 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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