Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

The country is slowly becoming more like a “rainbow,” according to a new book by Paul Taylor and Pew Research called “The Next America”.

Defining Mixed

Four of these five groups are mixed in their racial heritage. 

  • 1% within the ‘Other’ category are Native American – some Native Americans are of mixed heritage
  • 4% within the ‘Other’ category may have indicated ‘more than one race’
  • Latin Americans can be of any race but are often mixed with Spanish and Amerindian or Spanish and Black
  • Asian Americans tend to integrate with neighboring communities and then become of mixed heritage in short order
  • Black Americans also integrate with neighboring communities and then become of mixed heritage. Black Americans are of mixed heritage sometimes by choice and sometimes by force.
  • White is not counted as White when mixed with people of color, which accounts for the sudden decline in White numbers over time. Also, Europeans do not immigrate to the U.S. at any where near the same rate that others to. European countries tend to provide good health care coverage and tend to have lower gun ownership and gun violence. In the U.K. the police do not carry guns in their routine patrols.

Fuzzy counting

Intermarriage among people of different races is increasingly common. In 1980, just 7% of all marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity.  In 2010, that share has doubled to 15% of all new marriages in the U.S. Hispanics (26%) and Asians (28%) were most likely to “marry out,” compared with 9% of whites and 17% of blacks. – Pew Research

Marrying Out

If two people of mixed heritage marry, does Pew Research count that as an intermarriage?

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