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.
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.
Nationally, 53.4% of people in same-sex married couples were female and 46.6% were male.
Now, a new data visualization 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.
Some highlights of 2019 data in the visualization:
In the map below, toggle between “married” and “unmarried” to switch between estimates for same-sex married and unmarried couples.
For comparison, estimates are also displayed for married and unmarried opposite-sex couples. Use the dropdown menu to select a state or look at national estimates. Data are not available for all states and characteristics due to sample size limitations.
A recently published brief highlights the geographic distribution of same-sex couple households and explores selected characteristics of opposite-sex and same-sex couples using data from the 2019 American Community Survey. It also examines the presence of children by couple type.
In 2019, the ACS relationship question expanded to include separate categories for opposite-sex and same-sex spouses and unmarried partners. Please note that the same-sex couples in this visualization include only those where the spouse or unmarried partner of the householder is a same-sex partner (and the sex values for the householder and the spouse or partner are the same).
ACS data do not measure whether people belong to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+) community. Further information regarding how the Census Bureau has changed how it collects information about same-sex couples over time is available.
For optimal viewing on a mobile device, please view this visualization in landscape.
Zachary Scherer and Lydia Anderson are statisticians in the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division.
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