Interracial dating and intermarriage has increased in the last century due to greater human mobility and multiculturalism.It should be remembered that personal preferences and the presence or absence of prejudice are irrelevant to people who are born and die in the same town or city, which was often the case before the invention of the automobile and the jet plane."But America still has a long way to go." The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.
have climbed to 4.8 million - a record 1 in 12 - as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses.
The barrage of news reports about the black marriage rate gives the impression that African-American women’s chances of walking down the aisle are bleak.
A Yale University study found that just 42 percent of black women are married, and a variety of high profile news networks such as CNN and ABC picked that figure up and ran with it. Toldson of Howard University and Bryant Marks of Morehouse College question the accuracy of this finding.“The often-cited figure of 42 percent of black women never marrying includes all black women 18 and older,” Toldson told the
For more information about data sources and methodology, see Appendix 1.
Key findings: In this report, the terms “intermarriage” and “marrying out” refer to marriages between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic (interethnic) or marriages between non-Hispanic spouses who come from the following different racial groups (interracial): white, black, Asian, American Indian, mixed race or some other race.