Racial and ethnic mixing is up, better identified

In 1967, 3% of new marriages were inter-racial or inter-ethnic. In 2015, 17% were. The rate grew fairly steadily since the 1970s, and spurted upward in the 21st Century.

In 2019, 30% of Hispanic newlyweds married someone who is not Hispanic, a similar share to Asian newlyweds (29%) and a higher share than among Black (20%) and White (12%) newlyweds. Among Hispanic newlyweds, 39% of those born in the U.S. married someone who is not Hispanic compared with 17% of immigrants, according to an analysis of American Community Survey data. (Go here.)

The percentage of adults approving of marriage between Black and white people went from 4% in 1958 to 94% in 2021, per the Gallup poll. (Go here.)

The self-identified multiracial persons were 3% of the total population in 2010. In 2020 they were 10% of the population. The Census said that “The observed changes in the Multiracial population could be attributed to a number of factors, including demographic change since 2010. But we expect they were largely due to the improvements to the design of the two separate questions for race and ethnicity, data processing, and coding, which enabled a more thorough and accurate depiction of how people prefer to self-identify.”

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