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Interracial marriages more common than 20 years ago

Published 6:03pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

Terrell and Haley Frazier of Jemison are two people who love each other.

They love and care for each other so much that last year they got married.

They are not unlike many couples in Chilton County, in Alabama, in the United States and in the world that have vowed to spend the rest of their lives together based on their love for each other.

But, then again, they are unlike many married couples.

Terrell is black, and Haley is white, and together they are considered an interracial couple.

Interracial marriages like theirs are not extremely common in Chilton County; however, they have increased over the last 20 years.

In 1993, of 318 total marriages in Chilton, five (about 1.6 percent) were interracial marriages, according to public records obtained from the Chilton County Courthouse.

In 2013, 20 years later, 35 (about 7.8 percent) of 451 total marriages were interracial marriages.

In 1993 compared to 2013, the percentage of interracial marriages in the county has more than quadrupled.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicates Alabama’s total population in 2010 registered at roughly 4.8 million, of which nearly 3.3 million (68.5 percent) people were white, about 1.3 million (26.2 percent) were black or African American and about 186,000 (3.9 percent) were Hispanic or Latino.

More than 300 million people currently live in the United States according to the U.S. population clock, which is consistent with 2010 Census data and the most recent national population estimates.

Of those 300 million people, 2010 data indicates nearly 224 million (72.4 percent) were white, nearly 39 million (12.6 percent) were black or African American and about 50 million (16.3 percent) were Hispanic or Latino.

An increase in the number of interracial marriages in Chilton in the last 20 years could stem from an overall increase in the general population of the county, but it could also be that community acceptance has grown for interracial couples like Terrell and Haley Frazier.

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