Illinois Same-Sex Households Increase By 40%

by Beverly A. Pekala on August 8, 2011

According to the 2010 US Census, the number of same-sex households in Illinois increased by more than 40%. Increases occurred in both the City of Chicago as well as the suburbs. For example, in Oak Park alone the number of female same-sex households increased by 65%.

 In Chicago , same-sex households increased from 9,412 in 2000 to 11,715 in 2010. In suburban Cook County , the numbers increased 30%, to 5,362 same sex households in 2010.

In terms of children in same sex households, the 2010 Census figures show 5,346 children under 18 in female same sex households and 3,030 children under 18 in male same sex households.

Some have argued that while it appears that same sex households have increased, perhaps it’s simply that the 2000 Census figures inaccurately reflected low numbers due to the then existing societal views of same sex relationships.

Illinois began recognizing Illinois Civil Unions in June, 2011, and in July New York became the most recent state to legalize gay marriage.


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