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Census Data Shows Growth In Multiracial Population

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Aired 6/13/13

The rate of growth of multiracial Americans is far outpacing the growth of the U.S. population as a whole.

New Census data show the number of multiracial people in the U.S. has grown significantly since 2010.

Estimates released Thursday show that as of last year, there were 7.5 million people who identify as being of more than one race living in the U.S.

That's only about 2.5 percent of the nation's population. But since 2010, that population has grown at a rate four times larger than the population as a whole.

Researchers have explained the growth in multiracial Americans in part as the result of a growing acceptance of interracial marriage. A recent Pew study found that in 2008, one in seven new marriages in the U.S. were between people of different races or ethnicities.

And an even larger percentage of Americans said they approved of the idea of interracial marriage. More than 60 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew said it would be fine with them if a family member told them they were going to marry someone of a different race.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | June 14, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Does this mean that Brittanicuss will be moving out of the country soon?

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DeLaRick | June 14, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

"More than 60 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew said it would be fine with them if a family member told them they were going to marry someone of a different race."

40% of those surveyed by Pew are bigots. How comforting. (A survey where respondents weren't anonymous would probably result in a 90/10 split because bigots always say they're not prejudiced when confronted in public.)

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | June 14, 2013 at 11:13 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

60%? Did Pew survey ALL Americans? It's hard for me to take a stat like that seriously with no information on the sampling size, geography, etc. They could have asked a few people in in backwoods Appalachia, or who knows, maybe they asked a bunch of black people who were racist against whites.

"As for attitudes about interracial marriage, a 2009 Pew Research survey posed that question in explicitly personal terms: “How do you think you would react if a member of your family told you they were going to marry a [white American/African-American/Hispanic-American/Asian-American]? Would you be fine with it, would it bother you but you would come to accept it, or would you not be able to accept it?”

Survey respondents were asked about all major racial and ethic groups except their own. Overall, 63% said it would be fine with them if a family member married “out” to all three other major racial and ethnic groups tested in the survey, and 80% said they would be fine with a new member of their family who came from at least one of the “out” groups."

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CaliforniaDefender | June 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

This article title is quite misleading. The survey clearly indicates that Hispanics are included as one of the groups, but are not a race. So it should read multiethnic.

But why did the survey neglect so many other ethnicities? What about Japanese and Chinese or French and Italian or Russian and Finnish or Canadian and Australian? All are different ethnicities.

Just another mindless junk survey to put up on a slow news day. Cheap KPBS, very cheap.

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JeanMarc | June 14, 2013 at 1:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Now I feel like eating mexican food.

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