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Census Snapshot: Wisconsin

  • Author(s): Romero, Adam P.
  • Baumle, Amanda K
  • Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • Gates, Gary J
  • et al.
Abstract

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 Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin.

In many ways, the almost 15,000 same-sex couples living in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin’s economy. Census data also show that 16% of same-sex couples in Wisconsin are raising children. However, same-sex couples, especially those with children, have fewer economic resources to provide for their families than do their married counterparts: they have lower household incomes and lower rates of home ownership.

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