Same-sex households make up about 1 percent of the population: 61.4 million households are comprised of opposite-sex married couples, 8 million of opposite-sex unmarried couples, and 36.5 million of only one person.
This data comes after improvements “in survey measures and processing” were made to the Current Population Survey “to better gauge the makeup of U.S. households.” This improvement includes the addition of opposite-sex/same-sex options and gender-neutral parent identification questions.
However, this information does not paint the entire picture of America’s LGBTQ population: it doesn’t track LGBTQ people living alone or bisexual people living with an opposite-sex partner. In the 2020 census, official will not ask census-takers about their sexual orientation, either. However, according to Roll Call, respondents will be explicitly asked whether their marriage is same-sex or opposite-sex.