Facts and statistics on interracial dating
There was, once again, a divergence in beliefs along party lines.According to Pew, about half of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic said they felt the increasing number of interracial marriages was good for society.The gap between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, however, “is driven entirely by whites,” according to the report.“Hispanics and Asians are more likely to intermarry if they live in non-metro areas.” For black people, urban living doesn’t seem to make a difference: their intermarriage rates hang steady at 18 percent in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas alike. When it comes to explaining this urban-rural divide, there are many possible factors.
In 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all newlyweds were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity.
“The pool of potential spouses in urban areas in the U. tends to be a bit more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity than the pool in rural areas, so that fact in and of itself can increase the likelihood of intermarriage.” Livingston cites the example of Honolulu, where 42 percent of newlyweds are intermarried and the population is 42 percent Asian, 20 percent white, and 9 percent Hispanic.
“If you look at the breakdown of the marriage market there, it really is such a mix, with no racial or ethnic group counts for more than half of the pool,” she says.
Just 28 percent of Republicans and right-leaning independents said the same.
That’s a finding from a new report from the Pew Research Center looking at the state of interracial marriage today.
Intermarriage is rarest in metro areas in southern states (Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas), as well as two metro areas in Pennsylvania.