Instead of looking at raw data which may not feel that relevant to your life, it's more interesting to examine how often men and women of each race have interracial marriages.Keep in mind that since this data represents marriages, the number of interracial dating or cohabitating couples is usually higher.Millennials are no exception to this trend: Large majorities of 18-to-29 year olds express support for interracial marriage within their families, and the level of acceptance in this generation is greater than in other generations.The Pew Research Center’s recent report on racial attitudes in the U.
Even though labeled as “newlyweds,” 42% of newly married couples in 2008-2010 have been married before (either husband or wife or both).Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.This shift in opinion has been driven both by attitude change among individuals generally and by the fact that over the period, successive generations have reached adulthood with more racially liberal views than earlier generations.But the significance of the change goes beyond simple acceptance.When Pew asked about the impact of interracial marriage on society, 43% of Americans said more intermarriage has been a change for the better. Compare that with 1980, when less than 7% of new marriages took place between interracial couples and the share of overall marriages was just 3%. In 1987, Pew found that only 13% of Americans completely agreed that interracial dating was acceptable; that share grew to 56% in 2009. This brings the share of all interracial or interethnic marriages to a historic high of 8.4%, according to Pew Research Center data.Newlyweds are a subset of the “currently married” population, which includes individuals whose marital status is “married, spouse present.” When comparing characteristics of detailed groups of newlyweds by race/ethnicity as well as gender patterns, only intermarried couples involving a white spouse are analyzed, and they represent about 68% of all intermarried newlywed couples between 20.For illustration purposes, “/” (not specifying gender) and “-” (specifying gender) are used to indicate different types of couples.These laws weren't overturned until the Supreme Court case, Loving vs. In that case, the Supreme Court found that it was unconstitutional for the state of Virginia to ban interracial marriage. A poll conducted two years early, in 1965 by the Gallup Company revealed that 72 percent of whites in the South wanted a ban on interracial marriage. Since then, the number of marriages has grown significantly.In 1970 there were only 65,000 marriages involving African-Americans and Whites. Among all interracial couples, they represented two percent of marriages in 1970 according to a Stanford University study.For more information about data sources and methodology, see Appendix 1.Key findings: In this report, the terms “intermarriage” and “marrying out” refer to marriages between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic (interethnic) or marriages between non-Hispanic spouses who come from the following different racial groups (interracial): white, black, Asian, American Indian, mixed race or some other race.“Intra-marriage” and “marrying in” refer to marriages between spouses of the same race or ethnicity.