Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interracial Marriages At Record High

Here are some pretty amazing stats from the Pew Research Center on interracial marriages in the US.

Consider this:
5% of recent marriages were interracial.

One-fifth of all recent weddings in the western part of the US were between people of different races or ethnicities.

8.4 percent of all current U.S. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980.

Marriages across racial or ethnic lines now make up about 1 in 12 of all existing marriages in the U.S., or about 4.8 million couples.

For more on intercultural relationships, check out the "By Marriage" section of Chinese & Chosen to hear some of the decisions that a recently engaged Chinese and Jewish couple in Astoria, Queens, must make about their wedding plans.

**Note: these figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.

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