Around 2.3 million married or cohabiting partners in an inter-ethnic relationships according to ONS, a rose of 2% since 2001.
People from mixed-race backgrounds were likely to find love with someone from a different ethnicity, with 85% have done so.
Rachel O’Brien from ONS said “As the nation becomes more ethnically diverse, no doubt the number of inter-racial couples will increase. The younger generation make up the majority of those mixed marriages, many of whom had parents from different ethnic backgrounds.
The biggest between the sexes was found in the Chinese community where women were almost twice as likely as men to be with someone from a different ethnicity.