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Pride Month: U.S. Census Bureau Data on Same-Sex Households

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone in the United States on April 1. The U.S. Constitution mandates the enumeration to determine how to apportion the House of Representatives among the states.

The 2021 American Community Survey gave people the option to identify a relationship as same sex. All demographic surveys collect information about same-sex couples.

Responses from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) community, a historically undercounted community, will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on LGBTQ+ issues.

Here are just a few latest facts based on the 2021 American Community Survey one-year estimates:

  • There were 1.2 million same-sex couple households in the U.S., and of them, 59% were married couples.
  • A larger share of same-sex (31.6%) than opposite-sex (18.4%) married couples were interracial.
  • 52% of same-sex couple households had an income of $100,00 or more.
  • 64% percent of same-sex households owned their home.

For more statistics, including historical tables from 2005-2021, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Stats for Stories: LGTIA+ Pride Month: June 2023.

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