Interracial and cross-ethnic marriage in the U.S. continues to rise in the U.S., with new marriages across racial and ethnic lines having reached 15.1 percent in 2010, according to the Pew Research Center. Existing intermarriages are at an all-time high of 8.4 percent.
Intermarriage is most common between Hispanics and Asians, according to the report. In 2010, 26 percent of Hispanic newlyweds "married out," while 28 percent of Asians and 17 percent of blacks did so. Because whites are the largest racial group in the country, marriages involving whites are the most common type of intermarriage.
The report found that 43 percent of the 275,500 new interracial or interethnic marriages in 2010 were between whites and Hispanics, and that U.S.-born Hispanics are more than twice as likely as foreign-born Hispanics to marry out. The largest share of white/Hispanic marriages were in New Mexico, at 19 percent.
The report also found that 48 percent of Hispanics and 43 percent of Americans all told view intermarriage as a positive thing. About 10 percent of both groups frown on it.
The report, The Rise of Intermarriage: Rates, Characteristics Vary by Race and Gender, by Wendy Wang, a research associate at Pew Social & Demographic Trends, is available online by clicking the link or by going to www.pewsocialtrends.org.
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