A new study has found that interracial couples are less likely to be married despite their growing numbers, reports the Dallas News.
According to Census Bureau data, the number of interracial couples doubled from 2000 in 2012.
That same Census data information showed that interracial couples are more likely to be living together than married.
Nine percent of unmarried couples living together are interracial compared to just four percent of married couples.
Researchers speculate that interracial couples face barriers to getting married, especially from family.
“You don’t need to get a blessing from either side of the family,” said Zhenchao Qian, a sociology professor at Ohio State University talking about living together. “Moving to the next stage is sometimes more difficult.”
You can read about a Pew poll on interracial marriage and why interracial couples are more common among same sex couples in the Dallas News.