D.C.’s reputation as an international city was reinforced this week, with the release of a Census report (pdf) that shows as many as 12.4 percent of married-couple households in the District include one foreign-born spouse.
“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 Grieco, chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch. “As the immigrant population has grown, so has the chance that a native-born person will meet and marry a foreign-born spouse.”
That is especially true in the nation’s capital, where its many embassies and diverse population draw immigrants from around the world.
The only states with higher rates of mixed nativity married-couple households were California (13.4 percent), Nevada (13.8 percent), and Hawaii (16.2 percent). The national average was 7.4 percent.