Percentage of households cohabiting by state

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 11:37 p.m. MDT


Saturday, the Los Angeles Times published an article that analyzed Census data showing that interracial couples in the U.S. who are cohabiting more than doubled in 2010, compared to 2000.

But does this same trend hold true for all households in the U.S., regardless of race?

According to U.S. Census data, “There was a 41 percent increase in unmarried partner households between 2000 and 2010. Opposite-sex unmarried partner households grew from 4.9 million in 2000 to 6.8 million in 2010. Same-sex unmarried partner households grew from 358,000 to 646,000 from 2000 to 2010, or from 0.3 percent of all households to 0.6 percent of all households.”

Here is a list of all 50 states showing the percent of households in each state who are cohabiting. Maine is the state with the highest percent — 8.4. Utah is the state with the lowest — 3.9 percent.

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Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

Good for our young people. Happier families are the result when parents make the marriage commitment to stay together. Not always, I understand, but marital commitment is a strong influence on successful child-raising.

Salt Lake City, UT

That is a good stat. Let's keep it that way!

Stay committed everyone! It seems so obvious that divorce is not the answer. Living selfishly is not the answer.

Being committed is something to be proud of. We need even more committed people to get involved everywhere they can.

Turn off the tv folks! Our kids need you!

Somewhere in Time, UT

Studies show that marriage, not cohabitation, is a very important component for a stable, successful society. It is also the best way to personal happiness, health and financial success. there are numerous studies that confirm this. Societies that abandon traditional marriage are on the downhill slippery slope. God's law and words and confirmed over and over.

Salt Lake City, UT

Not a surprise when it's the state with the lowest average marriage age.

Las Vegas, NV

3.9 is still high for Utah

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