Census: Indians Have Most Unmarried Partner Households

Census: Indians Have Most Unmarried Partner Households

Rob Capriccioso
4/26/12

WASHINGTON – New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that there were 939,707 American Indian and Alaska Native households in the United States in 2010.

Some facts about these households, courtesy of the Census report:

  • 40.1 percent were husband-wife households
  • 21.4 percent had a female householder, with no spouse present
  • 8.9 percent featured a male householder, with no spouse present
  • 29.6 percent were non-family households
  • Of all races, American Indian and Alaska Native households reported the largest percentage of unmarried partner households (10.9 percent)
  • 10 percent of these unmarried partner households reported being of the opposite sex; .9 percent reported being same-sex
  • Hawaii had the highest percentage of spouses of a different race or Hispanic origin (39 percent). Alaska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma also had about 19 percent of opposite-sex married couples where the partner is of a different race or Hispanic origin than the householder. “This reflects the high proportion of American Indian and Alaska Native alone population in Alaska and Oklahoma and the high proportion of Hispanics or Latinos in New Mexico,” according to the Census.
  • Almost 7 percent of all married couple households included a householder and spouse of different races. Four to 6 percent of married couples in the Midwest, the Northeast, and the South consisted of spouses of different races, compared with 11 percent in the West. Hawaii had the highest proportion (37 percent), followed by Oklahoma and Alaska (both about 17 percent). “Because these states have high proportions of native populations (for example, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, and American Indian and Alaska Natives, respectively), these states may have greater potential for the likelihood of interracial marriage,” the Census reported.

More facts about Natives from this report can be found in column six of the below table:

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