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U.S. Census Shows More Than 1 Million Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex households makes historic movement in latest Census
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Figure totals more than 1.2 million with 700,000 legally wed and 500,00 unmarried

U.S. Census Bureau released in late November the data which showed the number of same-sex couple households documented in the latest census exceeded 1.2 million for the first time in 2021.

The documented figure also includes 710,000 households where same-sex couples were married and 500,000 where the couples were unmarried. While controversial with regard to Census data collected impacting LGBTQ+ under the Trump administration, the documented number came from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which asks questions about relationships, jobs, and more.

Among other interesting findings was a much higher share of married same-sex couples was interracial — 31.6 percent. This compares to married opposite-sex couples at nearly half or 18.4 percent.

Householders in married same-sex couples tended to be younger at 48.9 years, while for opposite-sex married couples it was 52.8. In unmarried same-sex couples, the average age of householders was even younger 42, but actually higher than the average age of 39.9 for unmarried opposite-sex couples.

The median annual household income in same-sex couple households who identify as female was $92,470, lower than in same-sex couple households which identified as male, at $116,800.

Interestingly, Washington D.C. had the highest percentage of same-sex couple households of any state or state equivalent, at 2.5 percent.

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