Today the United States Census Bureau released a report noting that 21 percent of all married-couple households in 2011 had at least one spouse born in a foreign country, adding up to about 11.4 million total couples.
“The number of mixed-nativity married couple households corresponds with the increase in immigration to the United States over the last several decades,” said Elizabeth Griecco, chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch in the release. “As the immigrant population has grown, so has the chance that a native-born person will meet and marry a foreign-born person.”
Website Pew States has broken down some of the data, noting that 40% of the foreign-born spouses are from Latin America and the Caribbean, and about 25% were born in Europe or Asia.
Other highlights from the brief include: