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2010 Census Shows Interracial and Interethnic Married Couples Grew by 28 Percent over Decade

April 27, 2012

2010 Census Shows Interracial and Interethnic Married Couples Grew by 28 Percent over Decade
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a 2010 Census brief, Households and Families: 2010, that showed interracial or interethnic opposite-sex married couple households grew by 28 percent over the decade from 7 percent in 2000 to 10 percent in 2010. States with higher percentages of couples of a different race or Hispanic origin in 2010 were primarily located in the western and southwestern parts of the United States, along with Hawaii and Alaska.

A higher percentage of unmarried partners were interracial or interethnic than married couples. Nationally, 10 percent of opposite-sex married couples had partners of a different race or Hispanic origin, compared with 18 percent of opposite-sex unmarried partners and 21 percent of same-sex unmarried partners.

+ Households and Families: 2010 (PDF)

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