A poll from Gallup interviewed 340,000 people in the U.S. and found that 4.5% of them identified as LGBTQ.
Although the numbers may seem low, there has been a steady increase in people identifying as LGBTQ since 2012. In that year, 3.5% said they identified this way, and in 2016 those numbers had risen to 4.1%. Looking at the data, Gallup has concluded that there are roughly 11 million adults identifying as LGBTQ living in the country.
According to the statistics, one of the main reasons that the numbers have increased is because of the amount of millennials identifying as such. In 2012, 5.8% of those interviewed said they identified as LGBTQ, that number has now risen to 8.1%. Statistics for other generations have remained roughly similar.
The survey also examined how different races identified. They found that Hispanic people were mostly likely to identify as LGBTQ with 6.1% saying they identified this way. In comparison only 4.0% of white people said they identified in this way.
The survey also found that people on lower wages were more likely to identify as LGBTQ with 6.2% of people making under $36,000 a year identified this way, as opposed to 3.9% who were making over $90,000.
Another Gallup poll conducted earlier this week also found a record number of Americans supported same-sex marriage. The poll, which released its results on Wednesday, found that just over two-thirds of Americans supported it. When the poll was first released in 1996, just over a quarter of people supported it.
The increase in support also came just a day after a study found that two-thirds of Northern Ireland support gay marriage.