According to the Williams Institute, the almost 770,000 same-sex couples living in the United States (based on 2005 data), live in every county and in every state. They are racially and ethnically diverse and have partners who depend upon each other financially. However, 20% of same-sex couples in the States are raising children. It's important to note that these parents have fewer economic resources, lower household income and a lower rate of home ownership than heterosexual married couples.
Same-sex couple are also:
- More racially and ethnically diverse than heterosexual couples.
- There are more male same-sex couples (51%) than female (49%).
- Same-sex partners are 40-years-old on average, eight years younger than the average heterosexual partner.
California houses the most same-sex couples in the country with 92,138, followed by New York at 46,490.