D.C. Leads in Gay, Mass. in Lesbian, Households
The 2010 Census may not have asked about gay and lesbian families, at least not directly, but there are other surveys that gather numbers and statistics relevant to GLBT households. Analysis of the 2009 American Community Survey shows that Washington, D.C., leads the nation in the number of male same-sex households; Massachusetts, the first state to legalize marriage equality, leads with the most lesbian households.
That bit of demographic information was just the tip of the iceberg. using the survey, researchers gleaned a trove of compelling--and sure to be controversial--data regarding the nation’s families, straight and gay, married and unmarried alike.
The Washington Times reported on Nov. 1 that the National Center for Marriage & Family Research’s latest Family Profiles contained American Community Survey-based conclusions about which families had the highest rate of home ownership, which couples made the most money, and where gays and lesbians most like to live.
There are well over half a million same-sex homes in the United States (about 580,000), the survey indicated, and just over a quarter of those are headed by married couples. Marriage equality is currently legal in only five states, and where same-sex couples are allowed to wed, lesbians lead the way. Nationally, there are 85,847 married lesbian couples, versus 66,274 married gay couples.
Washington, D.C. ranks as the nation’s top city in terms of homes headed by gay couples--26% of all unmarried couples in the city were gay men, with lesbians making up 4% of the same demographic. (Data for 2010 will indicate how many of those couples have chosen to wed following Washington, D.C.’s legalization of marriage equality in December of last year.)
But Massachusetts ranked first in terms of households headed by female same-sex couples, the survey showed: though gays and lesbians may marry in Massachusetts, lesbians comprised 8% of the state’s unmarried couples, with males making up 6% of the state’s unmarried couples. Massachusetts was only one of several states where same-sex couples are more numerous; other states with high numbers of gay and lesbian families were Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah. Florida and Virginia had high numbers of gay couples; Vermont and New Mexico were among favorite states for lesbian couples.