Key facts about race and marriage in the U.S.
Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws against interracial marriage, interracial couples are more common than ever. Divorce rates among interracial couples are slightly higher than divorce statistics about divorce rates that showed interracial marriages were. Among all married people in (not just those who recently wed), 10% are 1 A growing share of adults say interracial marriage is generally a good intermarried couples is one Hispanic and one white spouse (42%).
Each of these factors makes divorce more likely for the interracial couple.
Marrying between the ages of 21 and 49, the woman having been foreign born and a higher level of education are factors that reduce the rate of divorce for interracial couples. The Pew study finds that 8. While Hispanics and Asians remain the most likely, as in previous decades, to marry outside of their race.
The South, Northeast and Midwest followed the West. By state, mostly white Vermont had the lowest rate of intermarriage, at 4 percent. In all, more than 15 percent of new marriages in were interracial.
The numbers also coincide with Pew survey data showing greater public acceptance of mixed marriage, coming nearly half a century after the Supreme Court in barred race-based restrictions on marriage.
The figure was 61 percent for to year-olds, for instance, compared to 28 percent for those 65 and older.
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Due to increasing interracial marriages, multiracial Americans are a small but fast-growing demographic group, making up about 9 million, or 8 percent of the minority population. Together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U. What percentage of African Americans marry someone of a different race? What percentage of whites marry someone of a different race?
What percentage of Asians marry someone of a different race? What percentage of Hispanics marry someone of a different race?
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Hispanics come in second as the most likely to marry outside their ethnicity. What is the most common racial pairing today among newlywed couples? Todaythe most common interracial pairing is one Hispanic spouse and one white spouse. Which state has the highest number of interracial newlyweds? Hawaii has the largest number of interracial newlyweds today. Intermarriage varies little by age for white and Hispanic newlyweds, but more striking patterns emerge among black and Asian newlyweds.
Among Asian newlyweds, a different pattern emerges. A closer look at intermarriage among Asian newlyweds reveals that the overall age pattern of intermarriage — with the highest rates among those in their 40s — is driven largely by the dramatic age differences in intermarriage among newly married Asian women.
Though the overall rate of intermarriage does not differ markedly by age among white newlyweds, a gender gap emerges at older ages.
A similar gender gap in intermarriage emerges at older ages for Hispanic newlyweds. Among black newlyweds, men are consistently more likely than women to intermarry at all ages. There are likely many reasons that intermarriage is more common in metro areas than in more rural areas.
Attitudinal differences may play a role. Another factor is the difference in the racial and ethnic composition of each type of area.
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At the same time, metro areas have larger shares of Hispanics and Asians, who have very high rates of intermarriage. The link between place of residence and intermarriage varies dramatically for different racial and ethnic groups. The increased racial and ethnic diversity of metro areas means that the supply of potential spouses, too, will likely be more diverse.
This fact may contribute to the higher rates of intermarriage for white metro area newlyweds, since the marriage market includes a relatively larger share of people who are nonwhite.
Indeed, recently married whites are the only major group for which intermarriage is higher in metro areas. The same holds true among Hispanics. That intermarriage patterns vary by gender becomes apparent when looking at a more detailed profile of intermarried couples that identifies the race or ethnicity of the husband separately from the race or ethnicity of the wife. However, more notable gender differences emerge for some of the other couple profiles.