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Brent, now a lawyer in Charlottesville, Va., says at varying points in his life he has identified with being white, Japanese and more recently as someone of mixed ethnic background. Census bureau clarifies poverty numbers According to the Pew report, more than 25 percent of Hispanics and Asians who married in 2010 had a spouse of a different race.
He doesn't feel constrained with whom he socially interacts or dates. That's compared to 17.1 percent of blacks and 9.4 percent of whites.
The West was followed by the South, Northeast and Midwest.
By state, mostly white Vermont had the lowest rate of intermarriage, at 4 percent.
"Mixed-race children have blurred America's color line.
They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds," he said.
The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980.
"That says a lot about the state of race relations.
Behaviors have changed and attitudes have changed." Women still live longer, but men are closing the gap He noted that interracial marriages among Hispanics and Asians may be slowing somewhat as recent immigration and their rapid population growth provide minorities more ethnically similar partners to choose from.
Divorce trends The Pew study also tracks some divorce trends, citing studies using government data that found overall divorce rates higher for interracial couples.
One study conducted a decade ago determined that mixed-race couples had a 41 percent chance of separation or divorce, compared to a 31 percent chance for those who married within their race.