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Number of interracial couples in U.S. reaches all-time high
Census data showed that non-Hispanics and Hispanics are the highest among interracial opposite-sex married couples.
April 25th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Number of interracial couples in U.S. reaches all-time high

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – The number of interracial couples in the United States has reached an all-time high, with one in every 10 American opposite-sex married couples saying they're of mixed races, according to the most recent Census data released Wednesday.

In 2000, that figure was about 7%.

The rate of interracial partnerships also is much higher among the unmarried, the 2010 Census showed.

About 18% of opposite-sex unmarried couples and 21% of same-sex unmarried partners identify themselves as interracial.

The term interracial, as it pertains to the study, is defined as members of a couple identifying as of different races or ethnicities.

Analysts suggest the new figures could reflect U.S. population shifts, broader social acceptance of such unions and a more widespread willingness among those polled to be classified as mixed race.

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  1. mike

    Black people still love being black and we do not need to marry white folk as a nod of progress.

    June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    Racial cross-breeding creates beautiful, hardy, intelligent people and gorgeous women. Racial inbreeding creates dim-witted hemophiliacs.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ProudWhite

      What is your scientific and genetic studies source for that emotionally and PC driven statement?

      May 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • howitzer

      Really!

      June 6, 2013 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. rh

    it's just like autism. It existed before, but was underreported.

    I am multiracial as is my husband. For both of us, we were told by our parents and others that we were white. It was not something that was talked about; as long as we look white, no one mentioned my Asian or his African heritage.

    It's tiring that mass media equates more accurate reporting to an increase in occurrences. It's why so many people say that the world is "much worse" than it has ever been – because people in the past didn't report crimes the way we hear about them now. The world was an evil place 50, 100, 150, 200+ years ago, but there was no CNN to tell us about it.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      They said they were white because they were told they were white. Same can be said when mixed black children only call themself black. This is the 1 drop rule LIE. Anyone who believes in it is lost.

      April 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raceisamyth

    The banjo is an African instrument. Just ask Bela Flek.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. raceisamyth

    "Im not on the black mans side, Im not on the white mans side....Im on Gods side.
    -Bob Marley

    April 27, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bitorbite

      Nothing like the "blood" of Jesus. Red and pure.

      April 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Forever and ever, Amen!

        April 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        His self sacrifice will never be forgotten! Jesus did not die in vain. He died for Jew and Gentile (ALL non jews) alike. Those who promote love are Gods children.

        April 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Angie

    I know one guy who is very judgemental and despise "mexican" with a passion; he would never miss a chance of saying something unkind about them. Now, at this present time, he is dating a "mexican' woman, and deeply inside him he is embarassed (for dating her or for what he was!?). Well... don't know how long this relationship would last for a very stupid reason.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bitorbite

      Angie wrote:

      "I know one guy who is very judgemental and despise "mexican" with a passion; he would never miss a chance of saying something unkind about them. Now, at this present time, he is dating a "mexican' woman, and deeply inside him he is embarassed (for dating her or for what he was!?). Well... don't know how long this relationship would last for a very stupid reason."

      Angie – most people live, love and lust from the "fear" factor. They tend to run to that which frightens them the most. In this case, Mexican men are what scares this guy to the point that instead of him facing his fears head on, he is chosing the cowardly approach (under covers literally) with the females of that race/people. It is a form of genocide to him and arrogance at them by taking their "seed" (the woman) and violating her with his own. It is a lust or fear affair is what it is and she (the Mexican woman) is probably so "proud" to be with an "American" due to her own fears about herself and race, that to think about people's reasoning is enough to make the world stand still. This is why these situations become volatile and the two involved walk away being just as or more racists than they were already going into the affair.

      April 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. raceisamyth

    Black women, for the record, a majority of White men love you. We just dont know how to talk to each other because of the media brainwashing black women and white men.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • michelle

      hmmmmmm :o)

      April 27, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
      • thisisntgood

        But if this trend continues what will happened to all the full bred blacks, whites, and jews in America? Won't they just disappear? Is there no pride in history or culture anymore? Everyone here is just willing to throw everything out the window?

        August 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. everyoneisequal

    Why do some people feel that it is wrong to be in a interracial relationship? Does the color of ones skin define who they are as a person? You would think by now that people would have enough common sense to know that regardless of one's race, people are all the same. In every race, you will find all types of people. In every race, there are good and bad people, period! It's time for those who have such a problem with race, to accept the fact that racism should be a thing of the past and move forward. They would be surprised how much happier they would be without all of that unnecessary anger. Grow up people and accept the fact that times have changed and they need to get with the program.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robairdo

      It is the same people that are against marriage equality for lgbt.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Union rights is what is needed not marriage rights. God defind a marriage made in Christ as 1 man and one woman. But there are benefits that come with religious marriage that gay unions are being deprived of like tax breaks. A courthouse should be granting the legal union.

        April 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Like it's your problem

    Marry anyone you like. It's not my life, neither do I have a relationship counseling certificate. get a load of people
    trying to tell others how to live- stupid.

    Gawk and complain all you want. A couple lives in their own world, created by them. They know the stupidity of
    racism. More than anyone, they'll probably be the last to criticize you.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. realitychase

    HAHAHA I love to read the comments of all the racist pinheads who can't stand the fact that the world is moving on without them. What a bunch of fools.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WIZARD

    If you aint white, you aint rite!

    April 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      This is what intelligent people call ignorant bigotry. I forgive you. Try genetics over sociology and wake up.

      April 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I think a lot of Caucasian women/men back off having children with someone of another race because the children will not look like them. I'm not against interracial relationships - but I hear this comment quite often. Interesting to find out what others think.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      I am black and my husband is white, and our daughter looks like the both of us.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      You hear these comments from a blog post. You have no clue who is actually posting. You need to hear this from a white person face to face.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      When you see a caucasion with red hair and frekles....your looking at yourself.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hikerstud

    National geographic traced our dna about 5 years ago. All of us came from a few people just like the bible said. They used to make fun of Adam n Eve now they verified and quit laughing. NO we did not evolve from one cell. Yes we do evolve and change color or texture depending on where we live. NO big deal.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • One Blood

      Well, said.

      Don't believe the world's lies about race. There is only ONE race – it's the human race. Our differences are cultural not race. There is no such thing as "white" or "black" individuals. Everyone has different degrees of pigmentation (skin coloring). "White" people are not white. "Black" people are not truly "black". Some just have more pigmentation than others.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Greg

        Best comment ever put on a website. Thank you.

        April 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        One blood gets it! Keep waking up the sheep my friend!

        April 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robairdo

      A little difference here the bible claims this all happened a little over 6000 years ago, it was more like 100 millions ago.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        The bible does not say this. The gregorian calander says this. You obviously do not understand Gods word my friend.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Yes hiker micro evolution is very real. Macro evolution is a farce. The missing link will remain missing because it doesnt exsist.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Everyone would agree, whether you believe in God or not, that God is Eternal. The reason God had to become flesh (Jesus Christ) was to transcend death and abolish it. God abolished spiritual death, not the death of flesh.

        April 27, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Everyone is African, that's why racism is so funny.

      It's like in England where there is Ginger discrimination.

      April 27, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        It was called pangea before it was called African. We must destroy our own self pride to see God true light.

        April 27, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Red hair and freckles are African and Egyptian in origin. Its a result of interracial children between European Anglo Hibernans and Africans

        April 27, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        I use the term "interracial" because most people can understand this word. I personally, do not believe in race.

        April 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andy

    Mexicans are already mixed race, spanish conquistadors and the natives.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      A lot of euro americans also share the blood of American Indians. I have Cherokee blood in my veins as well as Irish and African.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        American Indians are Asian in origin. Thats where there beautiful eyes and jet black hair come from. People migrated on foot long before boats exsisted.

        April 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        South American Indians such as the Maya and Aztec, and other Meso-American tribes and European Spanish "racial" mixing are the men you see working their tails off on roadways in blistering heat just to gain citizenship.

        April 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Realdirect

    Once they go Black, ain't no looking back.....it's ah, RAP!!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      My best advice to you realdirect...MORE KRS1 and LESS lil wayne

      April 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Robairdo

    And same gender marriage is next.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Agnomen

    Bravo. Well said.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. Ana

    This is natural behavior when you live in multi ethnic societies. Interracial relationships have been going on forever. It's only news now because what cannot be fought must eventually be accepted.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      A lot of Irish men and women and African men and women had children together because they were slaves together and lived together in indentured servitude (ghettos) together. Black Irish ring a bell?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitorbite

      Have you noticed that a lot of these people go out of their way for attention. Usually in public. Privately some of them are an embarassment to their own race and run for acceptance in another's race – thus spreading racial, social and cultural pollution. It is a form of racial genocide. How can you love another race if you cannot stay out of bed with them.

      April 27, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. Bob

    Great, article. I believe this shows the progress of diversity in this country.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      Agreed. Love the knucklehead statements below. People will hold onto their faux superiority, regardless of reality.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • babykitty

      Exactly. Once everyone is the same shade of brown, we'll finally be "diverse". Oh. Wait. No we won't.....

      April 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Most blacks and whites in america are mixed somewhere along their geneological line. If we would stop ignoring our mothers heritage with "racist one drop rule bs stories" we'd see the truth

        April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. wwrrd

    Lots of liberals embracing diversity. They love it so much they are going to breed it out of existence.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Spector

      Bunch of liberal sicko anything go's..

      April 26, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • HollywoodPR

      wwrrd - And why does that frighten you? Stop separating yourself from other people and just be part of the human race. Life doesn't really need to be that scary.

      April 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • wwrrd

      I only made the comment to illustrate the hypocrisy of liberals. Inter-racial breeding destroys the very diversity they claim to celebrate.

      April 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Librerals flaw is their attacks on God. You can not breed DNA out of exsistance. Its impossible.

        April 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Conservatives flaw is their attack on muslims. Muslims and Jews believe Jesus was a phrophet. Christians believe Jesus' flesh was that of a human, but his spirit IS God.

        April 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Our American Indian brothers and sisters called Abba the "Great Spirit".

        April 27, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        Buddists do not believe in God but they do keep Gods law of love sacred. In my heart I feel God is pleased with them.

        April 27, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • raceisamyth

        God spread us out after the fall of Babylon so that we would learn to love one because of our differences. This is true love.

        April 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • ProudWhite

        raceisamyth; "American Indians" are a social construct. They don't really exist expect in your racist and bigoted mind. How do you like having your own logic thrown back at you?

        May 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. raceisamyth

    Cnn you act like this is new. Do you know what black irish actually means? Bahhhhh silly sheep!

    April 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |