More same-sex partner households in Parkland, Census reports

The number of same-sex partner households in Parkland increased by 122 percent

from 2000 to 2010, according to the Census Bureau.

Of 7,676 households in Parkland, the Census Bureau reported 51 were headed by same-sex partners in 2010. That’s about 7 of every 1,000 households.

Countywide, there were 9,125 same-sex partner households in Broward County, out of 686,047 total households.

The Census Bureau also reported that 5,663 households in Parkland were headed by married couples, and 254 were headed by unmarried opposite-sex couples.

In 2000, Parkland had 4,349 households, with 23 headed by same-sex partners, 3,400 by married couples and 118 by unmarried, opposite-sex couples.

Throughout Florida, there were 65,601 same-sex partner households in 2010, a 60 percent increase over 2000.

When residents filled out the 2010 census form, they were asked about the relationships and genders of people in their homes. “Unmarried partner” was a separate choice from “housemate or roommate.”

The Census Bureau noted that some same-sex partners classified themselves as married couples, but the agency changed their status to “ummarried partners,” even in states where they were legally married.

About 27 percent of female same-sex partners and 14 percent of male same-sex partners in Florida have children under 18 in their homes, according to Census data.

To see how Parkland compares with other Florida cities, check out the Sun Sentinel’s searchable database of census results.

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