Same-sex Couples in Kentucky: A demographic summary

KY-Census-MapBy Gary J. Gates
June 2014

Based on Census 2010, there are 7,195 same-sex couples living in Kentucky. These couples were identified in all but one of Kentucky’s counties. The majority of same-sex couples are female (55%).  The average age of individuals in same-sex couples in Kentucky is more than seven years younger than that of different-sex married couples—43.6 and 50.7 years old, respectively. Nearly one in four same-sex couples in Kentucky (23%) are raising children under age 18 in their homes. 1,623 same-sex-couple households in the state are raising 2,270 children. More than one fifth of individuals in same-sex couples who are members of racial or ethnic minorities (21%) are raising a child under age 18, compared to 22% of their White counterparts. The median annual household income of same-sex couples with children under age 18 in the home is 13.8% higher than the median annual household income of comparable different-sex married couples ($80,441 versus $70,714).

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