Same-sex Couples in Mississippi: A demographic summary

By Gary J. Gates
December 2014

According to Census 2010, there are 3,484 same-sex couples living in Mississippi. The majority of same-sex couples are female (58%). The average age of individuals in same-sex couples in Mississippi is over six years younger than that of different-sex married couples – 43.9 and 50.4 years old, respectively. 29% of same-sex couples in Mississippi are raising children under age 18 in their homes. 996 same-sex-couple households in the state are raising 1,401 children. One in three individuals in same-sex couples who are members of racial or ethnic minorities (33%) are raising a child under age 18, compared to 26% of their White counterparts.