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imageRugged mountain gays are a hit at Woofs, the Eagle, Cockpit and even Mary’s. But where do more of those flannel-shirt wearing, facial-hair baring brawny men live? Three counties in the Georgia mountains.

The numbers from the 2010 Census that were released on Thursday held few surprises: Fulton County has the most same-sex households (5,092), followed by DeKalb (4,524), Gwinnett (2,032) and Cobb (2,002). Overall, the state saw a nearly 55 percent jump in same-sex households in a decade, from 19,288 in 2000 to 29,844 in 2010.

Two data points that did raise an eyebrow: Female same-sex households in the state outnumber the male ones, 57 percent (16,955) to 43 percent (12,889). Also, one in four same-sex households are raising children.

But the big surprise came from an analysis of the Census numbers by the Williams Institute, which has been parsing the data through its mission as an LGBT think tank at the UCLA School of Law. They came up with this nugget: Georgia boasts 8.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Georgia has so far outpaced other Southern states in both the number and overall ratio of same-sex households: Alabama (11,259, 5.98), Kentucky (11,572, 6.7) and North Carolina (27,250, 7.28),

Not surprisingly, DeKalb has the highest ratio (18.42), with Fulton second (14.76). But numbers three through five are tucked in North Georgia: Fannin (10.32), Gilmer (10.24) and Rabun (10.21).

The top five cities with same-sex couples per 1,000 households fit the more common notion that gays are clustered in metro Atlanta: Avondale Estates (49.30), Decatur (39.37), North Druid Hills (36.87), Scottdale (32.36) and North Decatur (30).

It seems there’s a burgeoning market for a north Georgia outpost of one of our fave inner-city gay haunts.

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