16 Feb '12, 9am

Interracial marriages in US hit new high, with a record 1 in 12 couples as the number climbed to 4.8 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of interracial marriages in the United States (US) has climbed to 4.8 million, a record 1 in 12 couples, as a steady flow of Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses. Blacks also are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites. A Pew Research Centre study, released on 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 Professor Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University. 'Mixed-race children have blurred America's colour 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 racia...

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