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U.S. Census New Data Visualization: How Do People in Same-Sex Couples Compare to Opposite-Sex Couples?

April 19

A new data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau allows users to explore characteristics of same-sex and opposite-sex married and unmarried couple households at the state level in 2019. Since the visualization is based on ACS data, only couples that include the householder are reflected.

There were roughly 980,000 same-sex couple households in the United States in 2019 and most were married — around 58% compared to 42% unmarried. Nationally, 53.4% of people in same-sex married couples were female and 46.6% were male.

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes an annual table package on the characteristics of same-sex couple households based on American Community Survey (ACS) data that goes back to 2005.  However, most of the estimates included in this table package are at the national level.

Continue reading to learn more about:

  • 2019 state estimates of same-sex and opposite-sex couple households
  • Demographic characteristics of same-sex and opposite-sex couples
  • Social characteristics of same-sex and opposite-sex couples
  • Economic characteristics of same-sex and opposite-sex couples


April 19
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