Transgender adults in the US

Estimated Population of Adults Who Identify as Transgender by State
Source: Williams Institute, June 2016

The adult transgender population varies greatly across the states. This recent data from the Williams Institute June 2016 study, “How many adults identify as transgender in the United States?” utilizes data from the CDC’s behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to estimate the percentage and number of adults who identify as transgender nationally and in all 50 states. This data also provides estimates of adults who identify as transgender by age group. The youngest group, age 18-24, is more likely than older age groups to identify as transgender.

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Check out this article for a great summary of current statistics relating to the population of transgender adults in the U.S., published by The New York Times.

Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults


Flores, A.R., Herman, J.L., Gates, G.J. & Brown, T.N.T. (2016) How many adults identify as transgender in the United States? Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.

Hoffman, J. (2016, June 30). Estimate of U.S. Transgender population doubles to 1.4 million adults. New York Times.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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Check out this study from the Williams Institute for an in-depth look at the transgender adult population in the US.

How many adults identify as transgender in the US?

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