Most common were marriages between a white and a Hispanic (41 percent), followed by marriage between a white and an Asian American (15 percent).Figure 2 White Men and Women Who "Married Out" in 2008 by Race/Ethnicity of Spouse Note: "Other" includes American Indians, people identifying with more than one race, and "some other race." Source: Paul Taylor et al., These 2008 marriages follow similar patterns by sex as interracial marriages of previous decades.Will the more tolerant attitudes people express toward intermarriage be matched by actual intermarriage rates?There are many reasons to expect continued increases in intermarriage in coming decades.
But the Pew report already documented a recent uptick in intermarriage among Hispanics and Asians, as immigration has slowed and the proportion of Hispanics and Asians who were born in the United States has grown.
Researchers point out that people are more likely to marry outside their race/ethnicity when their pool of potential spouses of the same race/ethnicity is smaller, and vice versa. Both white and black Americans have plenty of potential partners within their own groups.
Asians, on the other hand, make up only about 4 percent of the U. population, which gives them fewer choices among other Asians. Nearly 31 percent of Asians marrying in 2008 had a non-Asian spouse, about the same percentage as in 1980.
Twenty percent of Asian men married a non-Asian in 2008, compared with 40 percent of Asian women.
Likewise, black women are much less likely to intermarry than black men.