Interracial Marriages Are More Common Than Ever

2/17/12

Interracial marriage in the United States has hit an all-time high according to a new study. 1 in every 12 marriages is taking place between people of different races.

Here are some fun facts about interracial marriages:

  • 8.4 percent of U.S. marriages are interracial, way up from 3.2 percent in 1980, according to a Pew Research Center study released on Thursday.
  • Out of the marriages performed in 2010, 15 percent were interracial!
  • Hispanics and Asians were the most likely to marry someone outside their racial background. However, the biggest change occurred in the African-American demographic. Interracial marriages for African-Americans rose from 15.5 percent to 17.1 percent. Black men are nearly 3 times more likely than black women to marry someone of a different racial background- 24 percent to 9 percent.
  • 17 percent of Asian men married someone of a different race compared to 36 percent among Asian women.
  • Of the 275,000 new interracial marriages that happened in 2010, 43 percent were whites marrying Hispanics, 14.4 were whites marrying Asians, and 11.9 percent were white marrying African-Americans.

Interracial marriage is on the rise! I, too, am one of those statistics! Are you dating someone from outside your race? Do you ever feel that you are treated differently for dating someone that isn’t of the same racial background?

XO,
Allie

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