Statistics of interracial dating
In 1980, less than 4% of all married Black people under the age of 35 were not married to other black people. But Black people only made up between six to seven percent of the total under 35 married population during this period.
So while this is a substantial increase, it accounts for less than 1% of the overall increase in interracial marriages.
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.
Though this rate of growth is not as high as that of the Black population, it is a larger component of the general rise in intermarriage.
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.
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