The analysis may also reflect the limits of self-reporting in obtaining definitive data. In some states seen as more accepting, more adults identified themselves as transgender. In some states perceived as more resistant, fewer adults did so, even though the surveys were anonymous.
The percentage of adults identifying as transgender by state ranged from lows of 0.30 percent in North Dakota, 0.31 percent in Iowa and 0.32 percent in Wyoming to highs of 0.78 percent in Hawaii, 0.76 percent in California and 0.75 percent in Georgia.
In some states the results at first glance seemed surprising. In New York, for example, the percentage was 0.51; in Texas it was 0.66.
“From prior research, we know that trans people are more likely to be from racial and ethnic minorities, particularly from Latino backgrounds,” Jody L. Herman, a scholar of public policy at the institute, said. “And they are also younger.”
“So state demographics on race and age can impact the percentage of trans people in those states,” she added.
A comparable estimate for transgender youth in the United States does not yet exist. As elusive as the adult numbers are to track, figures for adolescents, who are already in a molting process of identity, are harder still. Researchers have not yet concurred on a reliable method to tabulate transgender teenagers, much less younger children, though they are at the center of the debates over school bathroom policies.
The new figures were drawn from a question that 19 states elected to pose in 2014 as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a comprehensive telephone health survey. The researchers also used Census Bureau data to develop population estimates in the remaining 31 states.
Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, an advocacy and education organization based in Washington, welcomed the new estimates and predicted that in time, they would continue to rise. As she looked at the state figures, she pointed to North Carolina, currently ground zero for contested legislation about bathroom accessibility and anti-discrimination policies. Researchers estimated that state’s population of transgender people to be 44,750.
“Even if it’s 40,000 or 30,000, that’s a lot more than they thought,” Ms. Keisling said. “That helps us to say, ‘Don’t use us politically — you have to do something right by us. There are a lot of us living in your state.’”
Kerith Conron, a social epidemiologist at The Fenway Institute in Boston, which develops health programs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, among others, said that the new numbers could affect planning support services more effectively.
“This shows trans elders who need gender-affirming services in nursing homes,” she said. “Trans adults will need good health care. And, looking ahead, there will be more trans youth who are economically vulnerable and required to be at school.”
Getting an accurate count of transgender people remains a persistent challenge for researchers. In the question posed by interviewers for the 2014 C.D.C. survey, people were asked whether they considered themselves transgender. If they replied yes, they were asked whether they considered themselves to be male-to-female, female-to-male, or gender nonconforming.
But as awareness of gender identity grows, definitions themselves are becoming even more nuanced and fluid. For example, people listed on a birth certificate as male but who as adults identify as female may not consider the term transgender to apply to them.
To capture a more complete portrait of the population, newer surveys are beginning to frame the transgender question in two steps, first asking about gender assigned at birth, and then about current gender identity.
Those results would include people who call themselves transgender, and those who identify as a gender that differs from the one on their original birth certificate.
Andrew R. Flores, a public opinion and policy fellow at the Williams Institute, said that in time, the available data would become richer still. At least five more states have added the optional transgender question to their C.D.C. telephone health surveys, he said.Continue reading the main story
Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with university admissions officers and students alike. What does it mean to you?
Often when we speak of diversity, what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs and financial backgrounds.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
Students who say that diversity in school is important to them are looking for institutions to provide a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, classes, and religions.
In order to achieve the most benefit from diversity on campus, seek out schools that are not only promoting diversity by recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups actively, but are also promoting an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at UCLA, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Nation.
General Diversity is High
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with an overall diversity ranking for each school.
University of California - Los Angeles is considered to be very diverse across all factors, and is ranked #92 nationwide.
UCLA Overall Diversity Score (87 out of 100)
UCLA Overall Diversity Rank (92 out of 2,475)
Very High Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the ability to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is possible at a diverse institution such as this one.
Sitting at #136, University of California - Los Angeles has received an excellent ranking for ethnic diversity nationally.
UCLA Ethic Diversity Rank (136 out of 2,718)
Explore Ethnic Diversity at UCLA
The chart below will display the diversity of undergraduate students at UCLA when it is available.
UCLA boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
If the data is available, the following chart will also display UCLA faculty diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Male to Female Ratio is Pretty Good
Are you seeking a campus with a balanced blend of males to females?
At University of California - Los Angeles, the disparity between men and women on campus is lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at UCLA is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #813 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 13,000 males and 16,585 females.
UCLA Gender Diversity Rank (813 out of 2,718)
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If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among UCLA's undergraduate students.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among UCLA's faculty.
Geographic Diversity is Above Average
Would you prefer a college that attracts students from all across the United States? If so this may be a good option for you.
We examined where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to come up with the geographic diversity ranking.
About 83.0% of the students attending University of California - Los Angeles come from within California. UCLA's rating of #372makes it above average in this factor.
UCLA Location Diversity Rank (372 out of 2,525)
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 48 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at UCLA
There is a large community of about 6,621 international students at University of California - Los Angeles representing at least 49 countries. For more complete information, see the UCLA International Student Page.
Age Range on Campus
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are a similar age to them, while some prefer a wide age range of students. Which is best for you?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-22. At University of California - Los Angeles, 56.0% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank UCLA #2,004 in the nation for student age diversity.
UCLA Age Diversity Rank (2,004 out of 3,012)
UCLA Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age range of UCLA undergraduates with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
Is UCLA attracting students from all backgrounds?
Even a school with great racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how UCLA is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
How important is diversity to UCLA?
What are you trying to find in regards to college diversity? Speak to the school to see what kind of support groups and clubs are offered to encourage diverse perspectives.