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. 

  • About 4% in the ‘Other’ category may have indicated ‘more than one race’ – which put them in the ‘Other’ category
  • About 1% in the ‘Other’ category are Native American – some Native Americans are of mixed heritage
  • 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 often of mixed heritage. In modern times mixed frequently by choice, and during enslavement, frequently by force.
  • White is not counted as White when mixed with people of color, which accounts for the decline in White numbers over time. The other reason the numbers for White drop is because Europeans no longer immigrate to the U.S. at any where near the same rate of other groups. European countries tend to provide good health care coverage and tend to have lower gun violence. For example, in the U.K. the routine patrol officers do not carry guns.

The numbers

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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