Census Bureau: D.C. Exceeds All States in Percentage of Same-Sex Couple Households; But Only 0.9% of U.S. Households Headed by Same-Sex Couples

CNSNews.com Staff | November 23, 2022 | 2:22pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - Only 0.9% percent of American households in 2021 were headed by a same-sex couple in which two people of the same-sex were either married to each other or in an “intimate relationship” with each other, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

There were 127,544,730 total households in the United States in 2021, according to the Census Bureau. Of these, 1,209,462—or 0.9 percent—were what the Census Bureau calls same-sex couple households.

None of the 50 states had a number of same-sex couple households that accounted for more than 1.4 percent of their total.


At 2.5 percent, however, the District of Columbia, exceeded all of the states for its percentage of same-sex couple households.

South Dakota, with 0.4 percent, had the lowest percentage of same-sex couple households.

Ten other states had a percentage of same-sex couple households that was 0.6 percent or less. This included North Dakota (0.5 percent); Montana (0.5 percent), Mississippi (0.5 percent); Kansas (0.5 percent), Idaho (0.5 percent), West Virginia (0.6 percent), Nebraska (0.6 percent), Iowa (0.6 percent), Alaska (0.6 percent) and Alabama (0.6 percent).

At 1.4 percent, Hawaii led all the states with the highest percentage of same-sex couple households.


In 14 other states, at least 1.1 percent of households were same-sex couple households. These included Delaware (1.3 percent), Oregon (1.3 percent), California (1.2 percent), Connecticut (1.2 percent), Florida (1.2 percent), Massachusetts (1.2 percent), New York (1.2 percent), Arizona (1.1 percent), Colorado (1.1 percent) Maine (1.1 percent), Nevada (1.1 percent), New Mexico (1.1 percent) Rhode Island (1.1. percent) and Washington (1.1. percent).

In its American Community Survey, the Census Bureau asked respondents the following multiple choice question about the residents of their household: “How is this person related to Person 1?”

Among the possible answers were: “Same-sex husband/wife/spouse” and “Same-sex unmarried partner.” If one of these boxes was checked in the response, the household was deemed a same-sex couple household.

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