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This map shows how many same-sex couple families live in each state

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/60c11ff4b50ed500185e3f0c-1758/GettyImages-1216941804.jpg" border="0" alt="same-sex family" data-mce-source="Mikhail Spaskov/Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>June is Pride Month, and an increasing share of US adults identify as LGBT.</p><p>According to <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/329708/lgbt-identification-rises-latest-estimate.aspx">Gallup</a>, 5.6% of Americans 18 and over identified as LGBT in 2020, up from 3.5% in 2012. Additionally, 54.6% of LGBT adults self-identified as bisexual in 2020. At the generation level, 15.9% of Gen Z identified as LGBT compared to 9.1% of millennials and 3.8% of Gen X.</p><p>"One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual," <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/329708/lgbt-identification-rises-latest-estimate.aspx">Gallup</a> wrote.</p><p>Data from the<a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/lgbt-pride-month.html"> Census Bureau </a>also provides some information about LGBTQ+ adults. The <a href="https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table'q=ACSDT1Y2019.B11009&amp;tid=ACSDT1Y2019.B11009&amp;hidePreview=true">Census' American Community Survey</a> has data about who makes up households, including same-sex married and unmarried couples.</p><p>Based on the <a href="https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table'q=ACSDT1Y2019.B11009&amp;tid=ACSDT1Y2019.B11009&amp;hidePreview=true">2019 American Community Survey</a>, the most recent year with data available, there were 980,276 same-sex couple households in the US. Among same-sex couple households, 568,110 or 58% were same-sex married couple households. Less than 1% of the 122,802,852 total US households, 0.8%, were same-sex couple households in 2019.</p><p>We can further see the breakdown at the state level. The following map shows the share of same-sex couple households in a state in 2019:</p><div><iframe title="Share of same-sex couple households" aria-label="Map" id="datawrapper-chart-EqvAT" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/EqvAT/1/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width: 0; min-width: 100% !important; border: none;" height="504"></iframe><script type="text/javascript">!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!==e.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in e.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r<t.length;r++){if(t[r].contentWindow===e.source)t[r].style.height=e.data["datawrapper-height"][a]+"px"}}}))}();</script></div><p>Delaware had the highest share of households in the state that are same-sex couples. In Delaware, 4,793 of the 376,239 households, or 1.3%, were same-sex couple households in 2019. DC had an even higher share at 2.4%, where 7,003 of the 291,570 households were same-sex households in 2019. On the other hand, North Dakota had the smallest share among households in the state at 0.2% or 785 households.</p><p>Although Delaware had the highest share among households in the state, California had the largest number. There were 85,104 same-sex married couple households and 50,752 same-sex unmarried couple households for a total of 135,856. That means 1.0% of households in California are same-sex couples.</p><p>Overall, the <a href="https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/12/same-sex-couples-more-likely-than-opposite-sex-couples-to-have-both-members-working.html">Census Bureau wrote</a> 65.1% of same-sex couples in 2019 had both partners working, higher than the 51.1% among opposite-sex couples. Male same-sex couples had a slightly larger percentage of both partners working compared to female same-sex couples at 75.8% and 72.6% respectively.</p><p>Additionally, the Census Bureau found based on the <a href="https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/09/fifteen-percent-of-same-sex-couples-have-children-in-their-household.html">Current Population Survey</a> that 14.7% of same-sex couples in the US in 2019 had at least one child under 18 at home. That is lower than the 37.8% for opposite-sex couples. This may in part explain why same-sex couples are more likely to have both partners working than opposite-sex couples.</p><p>"The presence of young children may influence a couple's decision to have one parent stay home to care for the children," the <a href="https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/12/same-sex-couples-more-likely-than-opposite-sex-couples-to-have-both-members-working.html">Census Bureau wrote</a>.</p><p>The percent share of same-sex couples with children where both parents wereemployed was higher than the share for opposite-sex couples, at 72.4% and 65.6% respectively,based on 2019 data from the American Community Survey. The shares were still higher for same-sex couples than opposite-sex couples when looking at working partners with children under 6 and between 6 to 17.</p><p>The Census Bureau notes things like age and marital status may also play some role in the differences in percentages between both partners working for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/map-share-of-same-sex-couple-households-by-state-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/racist-origins-marijuana-prohibition-legalization-2018-2">How racism contributed to marijuana prohibition in the US</a></p>
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