This study estimated the populations of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States by region, state, and ethnicity. MSM have a higher rate of HIV infection than other groups and knowing their population and population density by region along with their racial breakdown can help guide HIV/AIDS outreach and advocacy.
Of the over seven million MSM who resided in the U.S. in 2007, 34% resided in the South, 27% in the West, 20% in the Midwest, and 19% in the Northeast. California had the highest total amount of MSM, followed by Texas, Florida and New York. Of the total MSM in the U.S., 71.4% were white, 15.9% were Hispanic, 8.9% were black, and 2.7% were Asia. Native American, Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaskan Native all were less than 1% respectively of the MSM population, with unknown or multiple race/ethnicity individuals making up the remaining 0.6%. The study further lists the racial breakdown of MSM per region.