Publication Date: September 2007
Author(s): Adam P Romero; Amanda K Baumle; 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 Michigan. 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 Michigan.In many ways, the more than 22,000 same-sex couples living in Michigan are similar to married couples. According to Census 2000, they live throughout the state, are racially and ethnically diverse, have partners that depend upon one another financially, and actively participate in Michigan's economy. Census data also show that 18% of same-sex couples in Michigan are raising children. However, same-sex couples in Michigan, particularly those with children, have fewer economic resources to provide for their families than do their married counterparts. They have lower household incomes, on average, and lower rates of home ownership.