The trend toward more interracial marriages is undoubtedly related, at least in part, to changing social norms.
Stats on interracial dating and relationships
Overall, there has been a dramatic increase in interracial marriage.
In 2015, 10 percent of all married Americans were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Seventeen percent of all weddings performed in 2015 were interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980. In 2015, 18 percent of new marriages in metropolitan areas were interracial, compared with 11 percent of newlyweds outside of metropolitan areas.
American Indians have the highest interracial marriage rate among all single-race groups.
Women are slightly more likely to “marry out” than men in this group: 61% of American Indian female newlyweds married outside their race, compared with 54% of American Indian male newlyweds.
“Hispanics and Asians are more likely to intermarry if they live in non-metro areas.” For black people, urban living doesn’t seem to make a difference: their intermarriage rates hang steady at 18 percent in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas alike. When it comes to explaining this urban-rural divide, there are many possible factors.
The interactive map accompanying the report shows the huge variation in intermarriage rates across the U. Public perception of intermarriage might play a part: 45 percent of adults in urban areas say that “more people of different races marrying each other is a good thing for society,” the study reports.
“Part of it is about numbers,” says Pew senior researcher Gretchen Livingston, a co-author of the report.
“The pool of potential spouses in urban areas in the U. tends to be a bit more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity than the pool in rural areas, so that fact in and of itself can increase the likelihood of intermarriage.” Livingston cites the example of Honolulu, where 42 percent of newlyweds are intermarried and the population is 42 percent Asian, 20 percent white, and 9 percent Hispanic.
In 2014, 37% of Americans said having more people of different races marrying each other was a good thing for society, up from 24% four years earlier.