Same-sex Couples in Virginia: A demographic summary

VA-Census-MapBy Gary J. Gates
April 2014

Based on the 2010 Census, there are 14,243 same-sex couples living in Virginia. The majority of same-sex couples are female (51%). Nearly one fifth of individuals in same-sex couples in Virginia are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Latinos and Latinas comprise 11% of individuals in same-sex couples and 6% of those in different-sex married couples. The portion of African-Americans is 4% among those in same-sex couples and 12% among those in different-sex married couples. Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders comprise 3% of individuals in same-sex couples and 7% of those in different-sex married couples. Nearly one in five same-sex couples in Virginia (18%) are raising children under age 18 in their homes. More than 2,500 same-sex-couple households in the state include more than 4,000 children.

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