More Americans Are Marrying People of Other Races Than Ever Before
On June 12, 2017, it will have been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Americans should in fact be allowed to marry a partner of whatever race they want. Since then, many American couples have availed themselves of that right, although white people remain much less likely to marry another race than people of other races, according to a new report from Pew Research.
…The newlyweds most likely to be intermarried are Asian or Hispanic. Almost 30% of Asians who married in 2015 wed someone of another race, and about 27% of Hispanics married a non-Hispanic, says Pew.
…Gretchen Livingston, a senior researcher at Pew who authored the report, says whites have the lowest rates of intermarriage partly because of the number of potential partners who are white. “If you’re living in a place where 85% of the marriage market is white and you’re white there’s a low probability that you will marry someone who is not white,” she says. As shown in the map above, intermarriage occurs least in the places where the fewest minorities live.
…In yet another sign that marriage is a very different institution among the wealthy and the less well off, education changes how likely it is that newlyweds are intermarried. The more educated a partner is — no matter the race — the higher the likelihood that his or her new spouse is from a different race or ethnicity.