Mixing it Up: The Growing Multiracial Population

Mixing it Up: The Growing Multiracial Population


Pew Research estimates that 7% of the U.S. adult population is multiracial.



A 2015 research study by the Pew Research Center on multiracial people in America highlights the continuing increase in the multiracial population in the U.S., both in terms of multiracial babies and the growth in the number of adults identifying as multiracial since 2000, when the U.S. Census first began allowing people to choose more than one racial category to describe themselves. 

Pew notes that an added complexity in tracking the multiracial population is that not all adults who are multiracial identify themselves as such. And for some, their multiracial identity is fluid, in that how one identifies himself or herself can change over the course of his or her life and even from one situation to the next.

This highlights the ways in which diversity is dynamic, not reducible to a formula. It is an ever-changing remix within societies, companies, teams, and ourselves as we embrace new experiences and incorporate new insight and perspectives into our thinking. 




Pew Research Center, Multiracial in America: Proud, Diverse and Growing in Numbers, Washington, D.C., June 2015.