During that period the number of people described on census forms as “mixed” or “multiple” ethnicity almost doubled from just 660,000 in 2001 to 1.2 million in 2011, making it by far the fastest growing category.
RELATED: KENTUCKY CHURCH REVISITS INTERRACIAL COUPLE BAN AFTER UPROAR The study finds that 8.4 percent of all current U. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980. There are currently 1.6 million interracial marriages in the United States, and that figure is continuing to grow (Duru, 2012). Census Reports, interracial marriages have more than tripled between 1980 and today.A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race."The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.African Americans were more accepted both by the law and by society’s views.