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"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 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.But Taylor believes the longer-term trend of intermarriage is likely to continue."For younger Americans, racial and ethnic diversity are a part of their lives," he said.Of the 275,500 new interracial marriages in 2010, 43 percent were white-Hispanic couples, 14.4 percent were white-Asian, 11.9 percent were white-black, and the remainder were other combinations.Still, the share of Asians who intermarried has actually declined recently - from 30.5 percent in 2008 to 27.7 percent in 2010.
By state, mostly white Vermont had the lowest rate of intermarriage, at 4 percent."But America still has a long way to go." The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.Other findings: -Broken down by gender, black men were more than twice as likely as black women to marry someone outside their race - 24 percent to 9 percent.The reverse held true for Asian men - 17 percent intermarried, compared to 36 percent among Asian women.
RELATED: 46% OF MISSISSIPPI REPUBLICANS SAY INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE SHOULD BE ILLEGAL: POLL Minorities, young adults, the higher educated and those living in Western or Northeast states were more likely to say mixed marriages are a change for the better for society.