Census Bureau Releases Census 2000 Report
on Married and Unmarried Couples
The Census Bureau released a Census 2000 report on married- and
unmarried-couple households today.
The 16-page report, Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households:
2000, by Tavia Simmons and Martin O'Connell, marks the first time the
Census Bureau has issued a census report on unmarried partners. In 1990,
"unmarried partner" was added as an option to the census question on
The report and supplementary tables on the Internet show numbers of
married-couple households for 2000, as well as unmarried-partner
households consisting of two people of the opposite sex and of two people
of the same sex.
It also shows data on residential and geographical variations in
demographic characteristics for the four types of households, such as
differences in the sex of the householder (the person in whose name the
housing unit was owned or rented), the prevalence of mixed-race couples
and partners, as well as differences in the ages of the couples or
partners in the various types of households.
A color-coded, thematic map of the United States shows the percentages
of unmarried- partner households by county.