Publication Date: January 2008
Author(s): Adam P. Romero; Clifford J Rosky; M.V. Lee Badgett; Gary J Gates
Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in West Virginia. We compare same-sex "unmarried partners," which the Census Bureau defines as an unmarried couple who "shares living quarters and has a close personal relationship," to different-sex married couples in West Virginia.In many ways, the almost 3,500 same-sex couples living in West Virginia are similar to married couples. According to Census 2000, they live throughout the State, are racially and ethnically diverse, have partners who depend upon one another financially, and actively participate in West Virginia's economy. Census data also show that 14% of same-sex couples in West Virginia are raising children. However, same-sex couples with children have fewer economic resources to provide for their families than married parents: they have lower household incomes and lower rates of homeownership.