Interracial Couples Dominate Marriages

New census data shows one out of 10 heterosexual couples is interracial. 

Posted: 04/27/2012 04:01 PM EDT

Earlier this year, a study released by the Pew Research Center showed racial and ethnic intermarriages, and acceptance, are on the rise and now new data shows one in 10 heterosexual marriages in the United States is interracial.

According to 2010 census data released this week, 5.4 million couples are interracial, a 28 percent jump since 2000. Of heterosexual unmarried couples, 18 percent were of different races and 21 percent of same-sex couples were mixed.

Hispanic persons marrying someone identified as non-Hispanic were the most common form of interracial couples.

Greater social acceptance and demographic shifts throughout the country are thought to be the two largest contributing factors to the increase. 

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