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.