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View Poll Results: Your eye color
black or dark brown 74 25.08%
med to light brown (incl. hazel, amber) 58 19.66%
green 58 19.66%
violet 1 0.34%
blue 90 30.51%
grey 7 2.37%
other 7 2.37%
Voters: 295. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-24-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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G'day!

Are there any good statistics about the eye colors in America?
They're indicated in a good number of important documents, like the driver's license for example.
Are there stats about them based on cities, areas, states or regions?

Also, how common are Blacks, Latinos, and Asians with light, non-brown eyes* where you live?

Regards

*blue, grey, green, violet, etc.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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well, im a Latino, and ive noticed brown is our most common eye color...My eyes are light brown, though, not the usual dark brown.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Other. It is listed as hazel on the Drivers License, but they change according to my mood, weather, light, whatever.... Sometimes green, sometimes gray, sometimes blue, never can tell what they are going to be at any time.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:27 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Hmm back in the days when eugenics was popular in the US they would put out maps of where blue-eyes were common. I believe the idea was that as blue-eyes meant are recessive and predominately white more blue-eyes meant whiter. Granted two brown-eyed people can have a blue-eyed child, if they both carry the gene, and it turns out to be more complex than once thought.

Blue eyes are believed to descend from a genetic mutation in a population around the Black Sea between 6-10 thousand years ago. They are most common among Northern Europeans. My guess would therefore be that they are the most common in the Dakotas and Iowa. These states are over 90% white and mostly received Germanic or Scandinavian immigration.

I can't vouch for accuracy, but the following has some (admittedly old) stats on hair and eye-color. Approximately .63% of black males it list have blue eyes while only .14% of black females did. Of non-brown eyes is black and hazel seems to be the most common among blacks. Harold Ford is a notable black person to have naturally green eyes. Around 2.75% of Hispanic males and 2.2% of Hispanic females are listed as blue-eyed. Many Hispanics have some German or Basque ancestry and Cubans I believe are often fairly "light." The Irish are tops for green and blue eyes, meaning I should add Maine and Vermont as potential places with many blue-eyed people. Germans are tops with hazel so that might be common in the Dakotas. People of Irish descent are noticeably more likely to have green-eyes than Germans with English-descent closer to Irish on "green-eyes." So New England and Appalachia might be the place for green-eyes.

Gene Expression: NLSY blogging: Eye and hair color of Americans
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:59 PM
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Location: After College Brooklyn/Bronx/Queens NYC
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I consider myself Black (even though I'm a quarter Japanese) but I have dark brown eyes, but if you look closely around my eyes (and many of my family members on my black side) we have light blue circling around the dark brown. It's weird yet cool...
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Caucasian with grey eyes
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Stumptown
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Caucasian/Native American and I have hazel eyes with a ring of green around them, and they change between hazel brown and green depending on light and mood.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Polynesian with green eyes.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I'm mostly of European descent and I have blue eyes with green and gray touches. It changes depending on the light and what I'm wearing. I know a few Hispanics with hazel and blue eyes, but they're mostly criollo with not much Native American ancestry. I've never heard of anybody having violet-colored eyes.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I've been told a lot that I have the bluest eyes people have seen.
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