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Census Snapshot: Methodological Details

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Publication Date: August 2007

Author(s): Danielle MacCartney; M.V. Lee Badgett; Gary J Gates

Topic: Population and demographics (Demography and census)
Social conditions (Social research)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This brief explains the methodology used in creating the upcoming series of Census Snapshot reports. The primary data source for estimates about gay and lesbian households in the United States for the Census Snapshots published by the Williams Institute is the United States 2000 Decennial Census. Unless otherwise noted, we use the 5 percent Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) to determine the characteristics of same-sex unmarried partner households. The PUMS is a random sample of responses to the census long-form, which contains detailed information about all members of the household. The summary for each state is available as separate briefs.