Interracial dating rates

A Pew analysis of General Social Survey data showed the percentage of people who say they would be opposed to a family member marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity has dropped from 31 percent in 2000 to 10 percent today.Opposition to a family member marrying someone who is black specifically has plummeted from 63 percent in 1990 to 14 percent last year.

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Of those who do marry, which ethnic groups are most likely to be together?

Additionally, are there any differences between men and women, even of the same ethnicity? It's kind of hard to believe this today, but as recent as 1967, there was actually state laws that banned interracial marriage.

Metropolitan areas that lack that level of diversity have low rates of intermarriage. C., where the marriage pool is 85 percent white, has an intermarriage rate of only 3 percent.

“I think society is really changing but certainly there are regional differences depends on whether you live,” Qian said.

In that area, 46 percent of people in the marriage market are non-Hispanic white, 27 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are non-Hispanic black and 9 percent are Asian.

The flip side of that equation is that people who don’t have many opportunities to meet other people are less likely to marry outside of their racial or ethnic group — even if they aren’t opposed to interracial marriage.

Yet whites and blacks, the two groups that segregationists most had in mind when they enacted anti-miscegenation laws, are still the least likely to marry someone of a different race.

The overall rate of interracial marriage is being driven by the rapid population growth of Hispanics and Asians, the two groups with the highest rate of intermarriage in the United States.

A Hispanic-white couple is the most common, accounting for 42 percent of interracial marriages, while black-white newlyweds account for 11 percent.

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