Transgender teenagers in the US

Almost 150,000 transgender teenagers
Source: Williams Institute, January 2017

A study by the Williams Institute of UCLA estimates there are about 150,000 transgender teenagers in the US. This is about 0.7 percent of the population ages 13 to 17, or 1 out of every 137 teenagers. The percent of the population varies widely by state, with Hawaii and West Virginia having the highest percentage of the teenage population estimated to identify as transgender. The estimates are based on a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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Learn more about the research and numbers relating to young people and adults who identify as transgender in the U.S. in this report published by the Williams Institute.

Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States

Read this New York Times article about the study of transgender teenagers.

One in Every 137 Teenagers Would Identify as Transgender, Report Says


Chokshi, N. (2017, February 23). One in every 137 teenagers would identify as transgender, report says. New York Times.

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.

Herman, J.L., Flores, A.R., Brown, T.N.T., Wilson, B.D.M., & Conron, K.J. (2017). Age of individuals who identify as transgender in the United States. Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.

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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Want a detailed breakdown of ages of transgender persons in the US? Check out this report.

Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the US

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