1 in 6 newlywed spouses are of different race or ethnicity


Four out of every ten newlyweds in Honolulu are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, by far the highest percentage of any metropolitan area in the United States, according to new research by the Pew Research Center.

"The rapid increases in intermarriage rates for recently married whites and blacks have played an important role in driving up the overall rate of intermarriage in the U.S", the authors of the Pew analysis wrote.

And the figures also reveal that 10 percent of all married people - in 2015 had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.

While educational level is not a major factor for white newlyweds, black and Latino newlyweds with at least a bachelor's degree are more likely to have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity than those with some college experience or less education. "There are just more demographic opportunities for people to marry someone of another race or ethnicity".

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. In 2015, 10 percent of all married Americans were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white partner, Richard Loving, helped topple anti-miscegenation in Virginia and across the nation, after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against race-based restriction in state marriage laws.

White and black women were the least likely to consider someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015. Black men are twice as likely to marry another race as black women - 24 percent to 12 percent - and the rate of intermarriage for Asian women is 36 percent, compared to Asian men at 21 percent.

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General opposition to interracial marriage has decreased sharply, with 63 percent of non-black Americans saying they were opposed to a close relative marrying a black person in 1990 and 14 percent saying the same today.

White men were the least likely among males to consider intermarriage, with only 12 per cent involved in interracial or interethnic marriages. The rate for black newlyweds has more than tripled since 1980 - from 5 percent to 18 percent. Rates have steadily increased since 1967, when the Supreme Court's Loving v. Virginia ruling barred states from outlawing interracial marriage.

Despite those numbers, intermarriage is rapidly becoming more popular among blacks and whites.

In only one other area - Santa Barbara, California - could Pew find an intermarriage rate of more than 30 percent.

Intermarriage is most common among newlyweds in their 30s (18 percent). Eighteen per cent of newlyweds in metropolitan areas were intermarried compared with 11 per cent living elsewhere.

- Interracial and interethnic marriages are more likely to happen in cities. How you personally feel about interracial marriage may correlate with your political party: The study said 49 percent of Democrats said interracial marriages are good for society, while 28 percent of Republicans said the same. For Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, less than 1 in 3 - or 28 percent- saw marriages between races and ethnicities as a good thing for society.