Transgender teenagers in the US

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

A recent study by the Williams Institute 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 teenager 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.

Featured Content

Learn more about the research behind the estimated number of transgender teenagers 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 NY Times article about the recent study of transgender teenagers.

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

References:

Chokshi, N. (2017, February 23). One in Every 137 Teenagers Would Identify as Transgender, Report Says. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/us/transgender-teenagers-how-many.html

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. Los Angeles,CA: The Williams Institute. Retrieved from https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/TransAgeReport.pdf

Flores, A.R., Herman, J.L., Gates, G.J. & Brown, T.N.T. (2016) How many adults identify as transgender in the United States? Los Angeles, CA: The Williams Institute. Retrieved from https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/trans-adults-united-states/

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.

Explore More

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

Read More