In Sunday’s Charlotte Observer, writer Adam Bell covers the reported rise in the number of same-sex couples living in North Carolina and, in particular, in Union County.
Union County has seen a rise in lesbian and gay households over the past decade, part of a fast-growing demographic across North Carolina, an Observer analysis of new census data shows.
Statewide, the growth rate for same-sex households was 68 percent between 2000 and last year, and now stands at 27,250 homes.
Mecklenburg, the most populous county in North Carolina, had the most same-sex households, 3,221. Matthews had 73 same-sex homes and Mint Hill had 74.
In Union County, Monroe and Indian Trail had the most same-sex homes, with 69 and 59 respectively.
Union County saw an increase of 49 percent, the lowest rate in the Charlotte region but about middle of the pack for the state’s 100 counties. The county has 391 same-sex couples reporting that they are living together, up from 262 in the previous census.