STAR TRIBUNE -- July 28 -- The average American today, young or old, is 70% more likely than a generation ago to count a person of another race among his two or three best friends, according to an article in the current issue of American Sociological Review. The highest U.S. share of multiracial children is in Minneapolis. In 1992, 9% of 18- and 19-year-olds said they were dating someone of a different race. Ten years later, the figure was 20%, according to a 2005 (Grace Kao, University Pennsylvania and Kara Joyner, Cornell). In 1992, 9% of 20 to 29-year-old Americans were living with people of different races. A decade later, 16%. In 1980, 1.3% of U.S. marriages were interracial, according to the Census Bureau. By 2002, 3%. The pace of change varies by race, with Asians and Hispanics seeing more change than blacks. In 1990, two-thirds of Americans polled said they opposed having a close relation or family member marry a black person. That's dropped to about one-third. More integrated workplaces also have a lot to do with it.
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