Same-sex couples in Nevada: A demographic summary

NV-Census-MapBy Gary J. Gates
October 2013

Based on Census 2010, there are 7,140 same-sex couples living in Nevada. These couples were identified in all but one of Nevada’s counties. The majority of same-sex couples are male (53%), accounting for 3,768 couples. There are 3,372 female couples. The average age of individuals in same-sex couples in Nevada is more than four years younger than that of different-sex couples—43.8 and 48.2 years old, respectively. Nearly a third of individuals in same-sex couples in Nevada are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Fully one in five same-sex couples in Nevada (20%) are raising children under age 18 in their homes. More than 1,400 same-sex couple households in the state include more than 3,000 children.

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