Adam Polaski

U.S. Census Statistics Number Same-Sex Couples

Filed By Adam Polaski | June 23, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, The Movement
Tags: Alabama, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Pennsylvania, same-sex couples, U.S. Census, US Census, Wyoming

Census2010.jpgStatistics from the 2010 United States Census are rolling in on a state-by-state basis, and they're indicating with pointed evidence that the number of same-sex couples in the country is substantial. This is the first U.S. Census to explicitly count same-sex couples and their children.

So far, data from seven states has been released, and The Williams Institute is crunching the numbers as they come in. In each state - Alabama, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Hawaii - the ratio works out to a range of 5 to 9 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

What's more is that the data presents information on how many of these couples are raising children. The range in the seven states with available numbers is from 19 percent of all same-sex couples raising children in Delaware to 28 percent in Wyoming.

Some of the statistics (and links to the full charts) are available after the jump. Next Thursday, reports from Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Nebraska, and North Carolina will be released.

Some of the data included in the U.S. Census reports:

  • Alabama: 11,259 same-sex couples, including 27 percent raising children
  • California: 125,516 same-sex couples, including 21 percent raising children
  • Delaware: 3,352 same-sex couples, including 19 percent raising children
  • Hawaii: 4,248 same-sex couples, including 19 percent raising children
  • Kansas: 6,176 same-sex couples, including 26 percent raising children
  • Pennsylvania: 33,602 same-sex couples, including 20 percent raising children
  • Wyoming: 1,147 same-sex couples, including 28 percent raising children

Check out all of the data specific to same-sex couples at The Williams Institute.

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Only problem is those of us who are transgender and indicated our correct gender vs our birth sex on the form aren't being counted if we live with an opposite gender partner. I know I'm not included in the LGB part of the count here in TN.

Hopefully in 2020 we will count how many LGBT people there are regardless of whether they are in a relationship.

That means we have eight years (minus bureaucratic lead time needed to implement) to figure out exactly how to define "gay" "lesbian" "bi" and "trans". Good Luck.

Are these just residences that have two head people of the same sex living in them? Or is there some indication on the census return that these two people really are in some type of gay relationship?

As Alex Blaze has pointed out previously, demographics is not the exact science it is often cracked up to be.

I hope that in eight years time they are smart enough not to use the word Transgender because if they do I won't respond to it. I'll simply list female and be done with it.

That's what Elections Canada does here.

I can't wait to see Indiana's breakdown.

Bil, do you have to use "Indiana" and "breakdown" in the same sentence?