Social Explorer Data on Interracial Marriage in the New York Times by Sydney Beveridge
The New York Times explores interracial marriage trends in Susan Saulny’s article “Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above.” An array of illustrative graphics feature Social Explorer data on interracial marriage rates across different racial and ethnic groups.
Nearly 9 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2009 were interracial or interethnic, more than double the percentage in 1980. The rates of intermarriage vary widely depending on gender, race or ethnicity. Gender differences are most pronounced among blacks and Asians. Black men marry someone from a different group twice as often as black women do, while among Asians, the gender pattern is reversed. Over all, black Hispanics and American Indians have the highest rates of intermarriage. For Asians and white Hispanics, the rates of intermarriage have remained static or decreased.