COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — There are more than 1 million interracial couples in the United States today, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the number of couples is predicted to increase.

How did individuals of differing races meet? What challenges do they face as America enters the first decade of the 21st century?

Lynda Dickson, associate professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is interested in hearing from interracial couples who are married or living together. She hopes to use information provided from an on-line survey as part of her research into the changing social dynamics of the country.

“I’m interested in hearing from anyone who is either married to, or living with a partner of another race, regardless of racial combination, length of relationship, age, or sexual orientation,” Dickson said. “The survey is confidential and takes about ten minutes to complete.”

According to Dickson, interracial couples make up less than 2 percent of married couples and 4.3 percent of cohabiting couples. She predicts that as the United States becomes more diverse, and more Americans meet people from diverse backgrounds, the number of interracial couples will increase.

The survey can be found at:

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs is the fastest growing university in Colorado, offering 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The university consists of the colleges of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, Education and the Graduate School of Public Affairs.