New census data reveals one million same-sex households in U.S.

by Daniel Payne · Nov 20th, 2019 2:27 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 4:52 pm

About one percent of the households in the United States are made up of same-sex couples, according to the most recent census data, which released the figures on Tuesday.

The census showed that there are 543,000 same-sex married households and an additional 469,000 unmarried ones. More than 190,000 children are living with same-sex parents.

The Census Bureau has been working for several years towards including more same-sex metrics in its data-gathering procedures. These new figures on same-sex couples come from the most recent American Community Survey, a smaller appraisal than the census that “shows how people live,” according to the bureau.

The questions used to determine same-sex household numbers will be included in the next official census, due in 2020.


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