Sex in Vermont


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Based on 23,921  telephone surveys of Vermont adults aged 18+ between 2001 and 2005, using public use data files of the Behavioral Risks Survey.  See


Age: The number of sex partners Vermonters have over the last 12 months is related to age.   The youngest ages are as expected the more sexually active, while roughly ten percent of Vermonters have two or more sex partners in the last year.   The percentage of the population with no sex partner reaches a minimum in the 30s, with about five percent of this age group going without sex.  With aging the chances of going without sex increases markedly with age.



Based on Marital Status, Unmarried and married couples are more likely to have sex in the last year, while widowed respondents report the least amount of sex.  Divorced, separated and never married folks fall between the two extremes.


Based on employment status, employed and homemakers are both more sexually active and more monogamous, while retired respondents have also retired from sex also.


Children in Household:  Folks living in households with no children follow the sexuality pattern of separated or never married respondents.  The lack of sex decreases with the increase of children in the household, or conversely, the more sex the more kids.


Based on race, Black / African Americans, tend to report more sex than other groups, while Whites tend to be the most monogomous of the racial groups.


As household income increases the lack of sex in the past year decreases, while wealthier respondents report more monogomous sexual behavior.


In 2005, based on self reported behavior in the last 12 months, there are about a thousand male bisexuals, and about 1,700 female bisexuals in Vermont; there are about 3900 gay males and about 3800 Lesbian females.  About 93,000 Vermonters have not had sex in the last year, and about 40,000 would not answer questions such as these.



In 2001&2, a question was asked about what respondents consider their sexual orientation. In comparing sexual behaviors to reported sexual orientation,  heterosexuals are 99.5% consistent between reported orientation and reported behaviors in the last year.  However, with respondents who reported being homosexual, their behavior is not consistent with their reported orientation, with about 42% of homosexuals report having had sex with a person of the opposite sex in the last year.  Among bisexuals, only 18% report having had sex with both genders, 63% report having sex with the opposite sex only.  It appears with the sparse number of people in Vermont willing to have sex with the same sex, in order to have sex, many homosexuals revert to sexual opportunism, i.e. take what they can get.




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