Census 2010: Same-Sex Households

What's up in the news today? If it's newsworthy, it should be discussed here.

Moderators: selective_soldier, drtom, edu999, devilnuts

Census 2010: Same-Sex Households

Postby olywaguy » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:02 pm

A press release from the U.S. Census Bureau on same-sex married couples and unmarried partnered households.

Take a look at the press kit page which includes a video explaining what happened.

Also, take a look at the detailed tables (excel file)...math nerds will love this...and the maps.

For those of you who have never heard of the American Community Survey (ACS), this is a program that replaced what was known as the census long form. Before Census 2000, some folks would receive the short form and others would receive the long form. The long form would ask all sorts of detailed information. Well, the Census Bureau decided to go a different route in order to make it easier to do the decennial census and at the same time have new estimates between the 10-year period. Shortly after the 2000 Census, they began the ACS program. The ACS compiles data in 1-year, 3-year, 5-year and 10-year counts.

Census 2010 was the first census where no one received a long form. Everyone got a short form.

Yes...this is what I do for a living, help people find information published by the government.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011
Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Same-Sex Married Couples

The U.S. Census Bureau released today new statistics on same-sex married couple and unmarried partner households. According to revised estimates from the 2010 Census, there were 131,729 same-sex married couple households and 514,735 same-sex unmarried partner households in the United States.

The results of the 2010 Census revised estimates are closer to the results of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) for same-sex married and unmarried partners. The 2010 ACS estimated same-sex married couples at 152,335 and same-sex unmarried partners at 440,989.

The new, preferred figures revise earlier estimates of same-sex unmarried partners released this summer from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 because Census Bureau staff discovered an inconsistency in the responses in the 2010 Census summary file statistics that artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples. In addition, a breakdown of couples who reported as same-sex spouses is now available. The summary file counts originally showed that there were 349,377 married couple households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried partner households.

Statistics on same-sex couple households are derived from two questions on the census and ACS questionnaire: relationship to householder and the sex of each person. When data were captured for these two questions on the 2010 Census door-to-door form, the wrong box may have been checked for the sex of a small percentage of opposite-sex spouses and unmarried partners. Because the population of opposite-sex married couples is large and the population of same-sex married couples in particular is small, an error of this type artificially inflates the number of same-sex married partners.

After discovering the inconsistency, Census Bureau staff developed another set of estimates to provide a more accurate way to measure same-sex couple households. The revised figures were developed by using an index of names to re-estimate the number of same-sex married and unmarried partners by the sex commonly associated with the person's first name.

"We understand how important it is for all groups to have accurate statistics that reflect who we are as a nation," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "As scientists, we noticed the inconsistency and developed the revised estimates to provide a more accurate portrait of the number of same-sex couples. We're providing all three - the revised, original and ACS estimates - together to provide users with the full, transparent picture of our current measurement of same-sex couples."

The 2010 Census preferred estimates have been peer-reviewed by Gary Gates, a demographer with the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, by Philip Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and by Megan Sweeney, professor of sociology at UCLA. These experts concluded the methodology behind these revised estimates was sound.

All three sets of estimates are available at both the national and state levels and provide estimates of the presence of the couple's own children. The 2010 Census revised estimates provide a 10-year benchmark, while the ACS estimates are useful for looking at a yearly time series.
-X-

Editor’s Note: These estimates include only couples where one partner is identified as being the spouse of the person who owns or rents the house.




Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Census 2010: Same-Sex Households

Postby olywaguy » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:20 am

Have any of you seen the newly redesigned U.S. Census Bureau website?

One of the things you will find under the POPULATION tab is a link for SAME SEX COUPLES. Information for gay people has always been hard to find but now due to states allowing gay marriage or civil unions, the information is now highlighted more than ever now.

The 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate has the following information for households:

UNMARRIED-PARTNER HOUSEHOLDS BY SEX OF PARTNER
Universe: Households more information
2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

Total households in the U.S.: 114,567,419
Unmarried-partner households: 6,768,083

Male householder and male partner 287,687
Male householder and female partner 3,070,784
Female householder and female partner 305,637
Female householder and male partner 3,103,975
All other households 107,799,336


Take a look at this September 2011 report on Same Sex Households.
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi


Return to Current Affairs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron