Same-sex households in the US reach more than 1 million


  • The United States surpassed 1 million same-sex households in 2021, a 50% increase from 2002.
  • The states of Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Delaware, Oregon, California, Florida and New York have the largest number of same-sex households.
  • The Respect for Marriage Act is expected to be passed by the lower house next week to legislation and on to President Biden.

According to new census data by the U.S. Census Bureau, same-sex marriage households have now reached more than 1 million for the first time in the country’s history.

This signifies a 1 percent increase as a whole across the country.

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There has been a steady increase in same-sex households from 540,000 in 2008 to 980,000 in 2019.  In 2021, there were 1.2 million same-sex households, 710,000 of which were married couples while 500,000 were unmarried.

The data is a result of the annual American Community Survey from the household estimates and detailed population by the Census Bureau. 

The states of Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Delaware, Oregon, California, Florida and New York recorded the highest number of same-sex households.  These states comprise 1 percent of same-sex households in the total household population.

Survey results also showed that California registered the highest population of same-sex households at 163,964 while 2.5 percent of Washington, D.C.’s population live in a same-sex household.

In addition, there are 631,900 female same-sex households and 577,600 male same-sex households. 

The average age for the same-sex couple was 46 years old.

When categorized according to race, the majority identify as White with two or more races at 12% and Black accounting for 8 percent. 

The Respect for Marriage Act which protects the right to same-sex marriage is now in Congress and will be sent to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature after its passing.

Source: The Hill

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