A recent article reflects what we here at Beyond Black & White already knew–there is an “absolute rise” in interracial marriages in the United States since 1980.
But is it because we’ve realized the dream? Have we all overcome? Not necessarily, according to an article published in PriceEconomics called, Why Is Interracial Marriage on the Rise? Results suggest that the trends aren’t necessarily because we’ve become so liberal. The rise in interracial pairings are attributed more to demographics and proximity. In other words, the less segregated and diversified a place the more likelihood of interracial marriage.
Our examination of the data suggests that the increasing rate of intermarriage may be driven by demographic changes more than changing attitudes. Today, there are proportionately more Asians, Hispanics and people of other racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States than ever. These racial/ethnic groups have always been unusually likely to intermarry. There are also fewer White people – the group that has always been least likely to intermarry.
Once these demographic changes are accounted for, a large portion of the increase in intermarriage rates vanishes. More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.
Surprisingly, while black and white interracial marriages are going up, there’s somewhat of a decline in such marriages with Asians and Hispanics.
LOL…looks like black folks are REALLY doing the interracial marriage thing. Note the change between 2010 and 2015…kind of around the time Yours Truly came on the scene…ahahahah…now I see why they hate me!
We’ve also speculated the states that have the highest rates of interracial marriage according to state, and here it is. The results might be a bit surprising.
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