40% of US Whites Lack Non-White Friends: Poll

And 25% of non-whites have only friends of own race

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2013 8:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – When it comes to friendship, a vast chunk of Americans are stuck within their own racial communities, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 4,170 people finds. Some 40% of US whites have no non-white friends, while 25% of non-whites have only friends of their own race. Even if coworkers are thrown into the mix, 30% of Americans have no one of another race in their circles. Certain groups, however, blend more than others: Just a tenth of Hispanics, for instance, have no non-Hispanic friends.

What's more, among Hispanics in relationships, half are with a person of a different race. Just a tenth of whites and blacks in relationships have partners of a different race. There are also regional differences. Pacific states have the most racially diverse friendships and relationships, while the South has the smallest proportion of people who have more than five acquaintances racially different from themselves. Age-based statistics offer hope for a more integrated future: A third of under-30s have a partner of a different race, compared to a tenth of over-30s, and just 10% of under-30s have no racial diversity in their social circles.

Some 40% of white Americans don't have friends who aren't white, a poll finds.
Some 40% of white Americans don't have friends who aren't white, a poll finds.   (Shutterstock)
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