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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. raceisamyth

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

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