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Interracial dating increased 40 percent in the U.S. What about Mississippi?

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by Sarah Fowler

Interracial dating may draw criticism — like that of a young Mississippi couple that led to a mother to defend her daughter on Facebook. But over the last 16 years, the number of interracial couples in the United States has increased by nearly 40 percent, according to a report by

According to, the percentage of U.S. married-couple households that are interracial or interethnic grew from 7.4 percent in 2000 to 10.2 percent — 2.8 percentage points — in 2016.

Interracial couples in Mississippi increased below the national average at less than 2.4 percentage points.

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According to 2018 data:

  • Two states, Hawaii and Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia increased by 4.34 percentage points or more.
  • Nine states, located mostly in the West and the Mid-Atlantic region, increased by 3.34 to 4.33 percentage points.
  • Seventeen states increased by 2.40 to 3.33 percentage points.
  • The remaining 22 states increased by less than 2.40 percentage points.

Interracial relationships vary by county

According to the report, “While the percentage of married-couple households that are interracial/interethnic increased overall, this varied by county.”

In Mississippi, most counties did not see a significant change in the percentage of interracial marriages.

The highest increase came in Montgomery and Stone counties, where the number of interracial couples grew by 4 percentage point or more from 2000 to 2016. Across the country, 13.5 percent of counties saw the same increase.

The counties with the second highest increases — between 2.7 and 3.99 percentage points — were Alcorn, Desoto, Pearl River and Forrest counties.

However, four counties had “less than zero” change — meaning they declined in the number of interracial couples, though by how much was not defined. Those counties were Lexington, Leflore, Tallahatchie and Grenada counties.

What do interracial couples look like?

The seven relationships identified as interracial in the report were:

  • Non-Hispanic White Alone and Hispanic
  • Non-Hispanic White Alone and Non-Hispanic Black Alone
  • Non-Hispanic White Alone and American Indian and Alaska Native Alone
  • Non-Hispanic White Alone and Non-Hispanic Asian Alone
  • One spouse reported multiple races (both Hispanic or both Non-Hispanic)
  • Both spouses reported multiple races (both Hispanic or both Non-Hispanic)
  • Hispanic (any race alone) /Non-Hispanic (any race alone excluding Hispanic White Alone)

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, “about 24 percent of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race, compared with just 9 percent of black female newlyweds.”

“About 36 percent of Asian female newlyweds married outside their race in 2010, compared with just 17 percent of Asian male newlyweds,” the report stated. Intermarriage rates among white and Hispanic newlyweds do not vary by gender, according to the report.

Contact Sarah Fowler at 601-961-7303 or Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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