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According to the 2011 British census, “9%… who were living as part of a couple were in an interethnic relationship in England and Wales in 2011.”
Whereas “about 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another.”
Back in 2012, “the Pew Research Center says one-fifth of all recent weddings in the western U.S. were between people of different races or ethnicities”—which is double the number of people in interracial couples living together in the UK, based on the 2011 census, so these studies were both conducted close to the same time. I’m actually very surprised that the author of the original question doesn’t see many interracial relationships in California, compared with the UK. All I can think is that it has either something to do with a particular neighborhood or, as I learned to live in the UK and moving back to the US with my English husband, people get ideas in their heads about what a place (in this case, the US) is like, whether it’s from the media or from friends’ accounts, or reading, etc. Then they go to that place and all they can see are the stereotypes they’ve heard about. My point is that it’s easy to get used to something somewhere and be shocked by essentially the same thing when you see it somewhere new. On the flip side, you get used to things in a certain place—you have your interracial friends who you are used to seeing—knowing interracial couples may have introduced you to even more interracial couples or perhaps you were in an area with an unusually high number of interracial relationships in the UK. But the difference could be that you don’t know many people yet in your new location or that you are now in an area with an average or below average number of interracial couples. I don’t know your situation, but those scenarios may be relevant to you. That doesn’t mean that there is fewer, period. In fact, according to the numbers, there are, on the whole, more, particularly in the western US.
The UK is still around 90% white with Asians making up about 6% of the population (Indian and Pakistani mostly) and Black and mixed race about 4% of the population. So even if the percentages are higher in the UK, the overall numbers certainly aren’t, especially when you consider the UK population is about 65 million whereas the USA population is about 320 million.