San José State University
Thayer Watkins
Silicon Valley
& Tornado Alley

Distributions of Sexual Orientations
by Age and Ethnicity

The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics collected data on sexual orientations in its 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth. The results were published in March of 2011 in its National Health Statistics Report no. 36, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States,

Here are the results.

Self-Reported Sexual Orientations of
Men and Women 18 to 44 Years of Age
CharacteristicHeterosexualHomosexualBisexualOtherDid not
Males, 18 to 44 Years old95.
    18 to 1996.61.61.1(s)0.6
    20 t0 2495.
    25 to 2996.
    30 to 3496.21.50.6(s)1.8
    35 to 4495.
Non-Hisp White96.
Non-Hisp Black97.81.2(s)(s)0.4
Females, 18 to 44 Years old93.
    18 to 1990.11.95.8(s)(s)
    20 t0 2490.
    25 to 2991.
    30 to 3494.
    35 to 4496.
Non-Hisp White94.
Non-Hisp Black93.

The big surprise in the results is the much higher rate of bisexuality among females compared to males; on the order of three times as high. This result is remarkably consistent over the different age groups although there is probably a generational difference in this matter.

The apparent difference between Hispanics and non-Hispanics may well be a linguistic problem. People not familar with the terms for sexual orientation could well be reluctant to choose any of them for their orientation.

(To be continued.)

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