Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Biracial America by the numbers

A look at interracial America by the numbers:

MARRIAGE: Since 1970 the number of interracial marriages has soared more than sevenfold. In 1970 about 310,000 couples were interracial, less than 1 percent of all marriages. In 2006 the number grew to 2.3 million couples, or 3.8 percent of all marriages.

RACE: In 2000, the census allowed Americans for the first time to identify themselves by more than one racial category. About 6.8 million described themselves as more than one race - 2.4 percent of the population.

ADOPTION: Since 1990, the number of international adoptions has more than doubled. In 1990, there were 7,093 international adoptions; in 2006, 20,679 were recorded. Since 1990, about 250,000 children have been adopted from abroad.

Sources: Census Bureau, State Department.

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