Interracial Marriage By The Numbers

The Pew Research Center released these statistics just in time for Loving Day 2010. Loving Day celebrations commemorate the anniversary Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. I will be spending Loving Day sans husband at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. Where will you celebrate?

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Number of marriages in 2008 that were interracial or interethnic, according to the Pew Research Center .

14.6

Percent new marriages in the United States in 2008 between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another.

31

– Percent of Asians who married someone outside of their race.

13

– Percent of interracial marriages in 2008 in the South and Northeast.

60

Percent of Americans who say it “would be fine” if a family member told them they were going to marry someone from a different race/ethnic other than their own.

35

Percent of Americans who say they have a family member who is married to someone of a different race.

  • Blanc2

    I grew up in a very small, isolated, 100% white town. Went to the Big State U with two buddies in 1978. All of us are WM. Each of us ended up married to a woman from a minority ethnic group, meaning each of us has raised or is raising “biracial” children.

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