Interracial marriages now represent 17 percent of all new marriages in the US.
Mixed race couples, which were once frowned-upon, seem to have become the new norm – think royal representatives like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and celeb couples such as Kim Kardashian And Kanye West.
So exactly how much has changed? Let’s put this into perspective: Back in the 1950s only around 5 percent of people were okay with it, whereas nowadays more than 80 percent of the population approve of it – that’s a 1,500% increase in around 70 years.
In fact, interracial marriages now represent 17 percent of all new marriages in the US.
The biggest grow is among African-Americans. Since 1980, the number of black spouses who intermarried has increased from 5 percent to 18%, while the number of whites who intermarried increased from 4 percent to 11%.
According to the Pew Research Center, which analyzed figures from the US Census Bureau, a growing share of adults say interracial marriage is generally a good thing for American society and they say a close relative marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity is fine.
On the other hand, around 30% Asians are also more willing to marry someone of a different race than other ethnicities. Hispanics are the next most likely to marry outside their group at 27 percent.
Since 1990, Asian-Americans have the highest outmarriage rates by marrying outside of their own ethnic groups, and of those, Japanese are the most likely to marry interracially, especially whites.
Canada, on the other hand, 4.6 per cent of all married and common-law couples in Canada were mixed unions — that is, about 360,045 couples, according to the 2011 National Household Survey.
Whether or not you are a mixed-race couple or not, marriages always call for celebrations – after all it is the union of two individuals who fell in love and decided to spend the rest of their lives with each other.
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