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Interracial marriages are more common than ever before. A report by the Pew Research Center shows one inseven new marriages in the United States is interracial. The report also found that Asians and Hispanics are most likely to marry outside their ethnic groups compared to other races. And African Americans are now three times more likely to marry outside their race than they were in 1980.

Fortunately, these unions appear to have much more support and acceptance than interacial couples did in years past. And the West Coast leads the way, with more mixed marriages here than anywhere else in the country.

Here's a link to the study and a state by state breakdown.

Of the couples married in Oregon in 2008, 28% of newlyweds were of different races. In Washington 20%. And in Idaho 12% of new marriages were spouses of different ethnicities.

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