Same-sex Couples in Michigan: A demographic summary

MI-Census-MapBy Gary J. Gates
June 2014

Based on Census 2010, there are 14,598 same-sex couples living in Michigan. These couples were identified in the vast majority of Michigan’s counties. The majority of same-sex couples are female (57%). The average age of individuals in same-sex couples in Michigan is more than nine years younger than that of different-sex married couples—42.6 and 51.9 years old, respectively. Approximately 2,650 same-sex couples raising children in Michigan. On average, same-sex couples in Michigan with children have two children under age 18 in the home, indicating that there are approximately 5,300 children in the state being raised by same sex couples. More than half of individuals in same-sex couples who are members of racial or ethnic minorities (53%) are raising a child under age 18, compared to 23% of their White counterparts. The median annual household income of same-sex couples with children under age 18 in the home is 28% lower than the median annual household income of comparable different-sex married couples ($56,089 versus $78,129).

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