The 2010 census noted the highest number of interracial marriages in America’s history, noting a huge 28 per cent jump over the past decade.
One out of every 10 married straight couples identified as different races, which shows an increase from 7 per cent in the 2000 census data.
Greater social acceptance of the unions and demographic shifts throughout the country are thought to be the two largest contributing factors to the increase.
The most common form of interracial couple was found to include one Hispanic person and the other identifying as non-Hispanic.
This finding represents a larger demographic trend, as Hispanics were one of the largest growing ethnic groups in the U.S. overall in the past decade, making it fitting that they also represented 45 per cent of the opposite-sex marriages in the country.
A couple with a multi-racial member was the second most common couple, followed by the pairing of one Asian person and a white partner, with couples featuring a black partner and a white partner coming in fourth.
The percentage of interracial couples increases dramatically when looking at unmarried couples.
Unmarried straight couples reported 18 per cent interracial, while the highest proportion belonged to same-sex unmarried partnerships which showed 21 per cent.
Regionally, the West of the country reported more interracial couples than any other area of the country.
That finding was largely due to the fact that the states with the highest interracial marriage statistics are those with large ‘native populations’.
Hawaii, with its significant number of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations, was the highest-ranked state with 37 per cent of married couples identifying as interracial.
The next three- Alaska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma- all have varying ethnic groups.
Alaska Natives are classified as a different race, and the large Native American populations in Oklahoma and New Mexico contribute to the high interracial statistics in those states.
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