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What determines the race of a biracial child?

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A biracial child would identify with both races. For instance, the child of a Caucasian mother and an African-American father would identify as someone who belongs to both of those races.

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According the United States Census Bureau, the population of people who report multiple races, or are biracial, is growing at a faster rate than those who identify with one race. During the course of 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the multiple-race population grew by 32 percent compared to slightly more than 9 percent for people who identified with a single race.

The top four multiple-race groups include Caucasian and African-American, Caucasian and another race, Caucasian and Asian, and Caucasian and American Indian, which includes Alaskan Native.

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