24 Best states to live in if you're LGBT

Dec 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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Every year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ranks each city in the United States based on how inclusive they are of their LGBT population. They look at everything from non-discrimination laws, employment policies, inclusiveness of city services and law enforcement, and rate them all using the Municipal Equality Index (MEI). 

What has been recorded this year is a major historic benchmark — since 2012, the number of cities that got perfect scores on the MEI scale has quadrupled. That means that 47 cities in this country are 100 percent standing behind the LGBT community. Here's a list of those cities by state so you can see which ones are the most LGBT-friendly places to live.

1 /24: Arizona

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1/24 :Arizona

2 /24: California

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2/24 :California

3 /24: Florida

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3/24 :Florida

4 /24: Georgia

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4/24 :Georgia

5 /24: Illinois

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5/24 :Illinois

6 /24: Indiana

6/24 :Indiana

7 /24: Iowa

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7/24 :Iowa

8 /24: Kentucky

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8/24 :Kentucky

9 /24: Maryland

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9/24 :Maryland

10 /24: Massachusetts

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10/24 :Massachusetts

11 /24: Michigan

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11/24 :Michigan

12 /24: Minnesota

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12/24 :Minnesota

13 /24: Missouri

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13/24 :Missouri

14 /24: Montana

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14/24 :Montana

15 /24: Nevada

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15/24 :Nevada

16 /24: New Jersey

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16/24 :New Jersey

17 /24: New York

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17/24 :New York

18 /24: Ohio

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18/24 :Ohio

19 /24: Oregon

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19/24 :Oregon

20 /24: Philadelphia

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20/24 :Philadelphia

21 /24: Rhode Island

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21/24 :Rhode Island

22 /24: Texas

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22/24 :Texas

23 /24: Washington

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23/24 :Washington

24 /24: Wisconsin

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24/24 :Wisconsin