Interracial dating trends
In 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all newlyweds were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity.
Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed.
There is no significant gender gap in intermarriage among newly married Hispanics across education levels or over time.
For black newlyweds, intermarriage rates are slightly higher among those with a bachelor’s degree or more (21%).
The same was true in 1980, when 4% of recently married men and 4% of recently married women had intermarried.
As is the case among whites, intermarriage is about equally common for newlywed Hispanic men and women.
In 2015 the likelihood of marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity was somewhat higher among newlyweds with at least some college experience than among those with a high school diploma or less.
While 14% of the less-educated group was married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, this share rose to 18% among those with some college experience and 19% among those with at least a bachelor’s degree.
And it rises to 46% for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The share of recently married blacks with a spouse of a different race or ethnicity has more than tripled, from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2015.
Among recently married whites, rates have more than doubled, from 4% up to 11%. The pattern is similar among Asian newlyweds, three-fourths of whom are immigrants. Significant growth in the Hispanic and Asian populations in the U. since 1980, coupled with the high rates of intermarriage among Hispanic and Asian newlyweds, has been an important factor driving the rise in intermarriage.
At the same time, intermarriage has ticked down among recently married Asians and remained more or less stable among Hispanic newlyweds. While 24% of foreign-born Asian newlyweds have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, this share rises to 46% among the U. Since that time, the share of all newlyweds that were Hispanic rose 9 percentage points, from 8% to 17%, and the share that were Asian grew from 2% to 6%.
Even though intermarriage has not been increasing for these two groups, they remain far more likely than black or white newlyweds to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity. Among the half of Hispanic newlyweds who are immigrants, 15% married a non-Hispanic. At the same time, the share of white newlyweds declined by 15 points and the share of black newlyweds held steady.