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MULTIRACIAL PROFILE

The 2000 Census questionnaire was the first to allow respondents to select more than one race . Nationwide, approximately 2.4 percent of the population, over 6.8 million Americans, marked an identification with two or more races.

As is the case with many racial and ethnic groups, the multiracial population is not evenly distributed across the country. Hawaii has the largest multiracial population with 24.1 percent of its population identifying with two or more races. Alaska follows a distant second with 5.4 percent identifying as multiracial. The five least multiracial states (Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Alabama and South Carolina) all have multiracial populations of less than 1 percent.

For more on the geography of the U.S. multiracial population, see our multiracial map .

Number of Races Selected
Number Percent of Total Percent of Multiracial
Two Races 253 0.64% 93.01%
Three Races 19 0.05% 6.99%
Four Races 0 0.00% 0.00%
Five Races 0 0.00% 0.00%
Six Races 0 0.00% 0.00%

Multiple Race Combinations by Frequency
Rank Multiple Race Selection Number Percent of Total Population Percent of Multiple Race Population
1. White and American Indian 99 0.25% 36.40%
2. White and Black 62 0.16% 22.79%
3. White and Some Other Race 35 0.09% 12.87%
4. White and Asian 25 0.06% 9.19%
5. Black and Some Other Race 12 0.03% 4.41%
6. White and Black and American Indian 10 0.03% 3.68%
7. Black and American Indian 8 0.02% 2.94%
8. White and Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7 0.02% 2.57%
9. Black and Asian and Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7 0.02% 2.57%
10. American Indian and Some Other Race 3 0.01% 1.10%
11. Black and Asian 1 0.00% 0.37%
12. American Indian and Asian 1 0.00% 0.37%
13. White and American Indian and Some Other Race 1 0.00% 0.37%
14. White and Asian and Some Other Race 1 0.00% 0.37%

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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