interracial / interethnic marriage rates up in u.s.

from a new pew survey:

– About 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%). Among all newlyweds in 2010, 9% of whites, 17% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 28% of Asians married out. Looking at all married couples in 2010, regardless of when they married, the share of intermarriages reached an all-time high of 8.4%.

– Gender patterns in intermarriage vary widely. About 24% of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race, compared with just 9% of black female newlyweds…. Intermarriage rates among white and Hispanic newlyweds do not vary by gender.

– [W]hite/Asian newlyweds of 2008 through 2010 have significantly higher median combined annual earnings ($70,952) than do any other pairing, including both white/white ($60,000) and Asian/Asian ($62,000). When it comes to educational characteristics, more than half of white newlyweds who marry Asians have a college degree, compared with roughly a third of white newlyweds who married whites. Among Hispanics and blacks, newlyweds who married whites tend to have higher educational attainment than do those who married within their own racial or ethnic group.

– Couples formed between an Asian husband and a white wife topped the median earning list among all newlyweds in 2008-2010 ($71,800)…. As for white female newlyweds, those who married a Hispanic or black husband had somewhat lower combined earnings than those who “married in,” while those who married an Asian husband had significantly higher combined earnings.

– Intermarriage in the United States tilts West. About one-in-five (22%) of all newlyweds in Western states married someone of a different race or ethnicity between 2008 and 2010, compared with 14% in the South, 13% in the Northeast and 11% in the Midwest.

– Several studies using government data have found that overall divorce rates are higher for couples who married out than for those who married in….

looks like a big report. lots to read. and data, too (state-by-state even)!

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  1. 24% of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race, compared with just 9% of black female newlyweds

    Painful! On the other hand, marriage doesn’t mean much these days, especially for blacks.

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  2. Being from the South, I can anecdotally attest to the 14% or higher – and it’s mainly black/white. We don’t have significant Asian populations – yet. In places like Atlanta or New Orleans it’s undoubtably higher. There’s greater individualism (sic) in these large cities, and white girls don’t feel the stigma they may in smaller communities – but it goes on there as well.

    Though, to be fair, I have seen a few white male/black female couples (w/ child(ren)) lately. Two in two different college towns and two in Asheville, NC. But that’s what one expects from those types of places….

    But like IHTG says, it doesn’t mean much. Weddings are primarily about bridal consumption and to make official one’s last genital handshake…for a few years.

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  3. “24% of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race, compared with just 9% of black female newlyweds”

    Not sure if this is because non-black men find black women unattractive, black women find non-black men unattractive, or a combination. Of course, the real elephant in the room is why so many black men shun black women.

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  4. “Couples formed between an Asian husband and a white wife topped the median earning list among all newlyweds in 2008-2010 ($71,800)”

    That makes sense. I read somewhere (OK Cupid?) that contrary to popular belief white women ARE willing to date and marry Asian men- they just have to be higher earners on average (something like 10k over what their threshold was).

    I do think that “inter-ethnic” can be a bit misleading. The types of Hispanics that marry white men are usually like me- South American whites. We are only an “inter-ethnic” couple because of where I was born (although I suppose you could could different European regions as inter-ethnic no? I need to do 23 and me, seriously)

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  5. “28% of Asians married out.”
    It’s more like 40-50% of Asian females marrying out, while Asian males are around 20%, so it averages out. This also only accounts for those that do marry, Asian males are less likely than their female counterparts to marry.

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  6. The types of Hispanics that marry white men are usually like me- South American whites.

    What, all of them? Rest assured that there are plenty of pleasantly zaftig Mexican ladies in California who are marrying white men. They’re good cooks, I hear.

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  7. @flavia & ihtg – “The types of Hispanics that marry white men are usually like me- South American whites.”

    “What, all of them? Rest assured that there are plenty of pleasantly zaftig Mexican ladies in California who are marrying white men.”

    well, it’s hard to know, isn’t it?, ’cause those folks collecting and compiling the stats don’t ask these questions. =/ “hispanic” doesn’t really tell you much, does it?, except for what country a person happened to be born in.

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  8. If you can track down the rates of interethnic marriage with Hispanics in California, where the vast majority of them are Mexican mestizos, then that would be a pretty good measure.

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  9. On the news tonight it was covered very “well”, it was almost all pics of black-White (in a bragging manner too), though they did show one Arab-White. How many races are there now?

    I think I remember seeing on the elevator screen that it was mostly White-Asian. The thing that caught my eye was was family income, but don’t know where I saw that, maybe CNBC. White-White was highest, but Asian-White was slightly higher than Asian-Asian. Maybe the Asian-Asian wife doesn’t work, or works in a family business (dry cleaners and nail salons in Chicago) and certain expenses become business expenses? — I am learning about this now that I am a contract employee for the first time and have to relearn and learn and learn to do my new style 1099 based taxes.

    Anyways, the media is doing it’s best to distort the reality. Low morality/intelligence people are still marrying other low morality/intelligence people at a low rate, but higher morality people are still trying to marry similar intelligence people.

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  10. @w baker – “Being from the South, I can anecdotally attest to the 14% or higher – and it’s mainly black/white. We don’t have significant Asian populations – yet. In places like Atlanta or New Orleans it’s undoubtably higher.”

    and, yet, southern whites are still cast as the worst of the worst waaaycists. ever!

    seems like southerners nowadays are less waaaycist than the yankees. (~_^)

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    1. @ hbd chick, “and, yet, southern whites are still cast as the worst of the worst waaaycists. ever!

      Yea, that’s a long, ongoing, and never ending story.

      @ hbd chick, “seems like southerners nowadays are less waaaycist than the yankees. ”

      We get Northern visitors frequently. By Northern I mean anyone not from, or having lived anytime in the South. (Actually, it’s pronounced Nawthaaners….hey, just trying to live up to stereotype!) Anyway, they come and gape for hours at the black population.

      ‘Hey, Sarah, look at that. Look how dark it is. Can you believe that?!’

      Kid you not. I heard that conversation in a restaurant last weekend.

      It’s like they’re at the zoo….!

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  11. @georgia resident – “Not sure if this is because non-black men find black women unattractive….”

    life experience tells me that many non-black men just don’t find black women attractive. i used to know a couple of people — white guy, black chick — who were f*ck buddies (*facepalm*). the guy, who was pretty dorky, was struggling to find a girlfriend/wife, and i put it to him one day that why didn’t he just marry black chick ’cause they got along great and everything. his response was that he could never marry a girl with bigger hands than his (and this girl wasn’t very big at all, but he was right — she was more robust than him). being an old-fashioned kinda girl, i chastised him for being a cad. (i tried to advise her to quit being f*ck buddies with him or any guy, but she’d watched too much Sex and the City….)

    @georgia resident – “Of course, the real elephant in the room is why so many black men shun black women.”

    yeah, that’s a shame (for the black ladies). maybe black guys are going for other options to avoid marrying one of those tough, take-no-nonsense black ladies? you know the ones i mean!

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  12. @flavia – yeah, “hispanic” and “latino” and “inter-ethnic” (having to do with hispanic/latino) are just so un-informative. don’t tell you a thing. steve sailer has a new post up about “latino.”

    @flavia – “I need to do 23 and me, seriously”

    oh, you really should! you’ll love it. hours and hours of fun! (^_^) i finally persuaded my father to just get his y-chromosome typed last year and found out what i had suspected for a while — that we have a touch of the germanic in us (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). (~_^)

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  13. @dali – “It’s more like 40-50% of Asian females marrying out, while Asian males are around 20%, so it averages out.”

    pretty close!:

    “[M]ore than one-in-three (36%) Asian female newlyweds in 2010 married someone who is non-Asian, compared with only about one-in-six Asian male newlyweds (17%).” [source]

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  14. @rjp – “On the news tonight it was covered very ‘well’, it was almost all pics of black-White (in a bragging manner too), though they did show one Arab-White.”

    stay away from the msm. it’s not good for you! (~_^)

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  15. @wes – “Anyway, they come and gape for hours at the black population.

    ‘Hey, Sarah, look at that. Look how dark it is. Can you believe that?!’

    Kid you not. I heard that conversation in a restaurant last weekend.

    It’s like they’re at the zoo….!”

    heh. where on earth are these people from? obviously not a big city.

    you’ll have to forgive us nawthaaners — we don’t get out much. (^_^)

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  16. @HBDchick

    re: 23 an me

    Yeah I’ve been wanting to but have been told to wait because there are not enough people who have done it yet and the data is not as thorough as it should be. Do you agree?

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  17. Isn’t knowingly performing an action which would eventually lead to the extinction of a racial, religious, national, or ethnic group called genocide?

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  18. @flavia – “Yeah I’ve been wanting to but have been told to wait because there are not enough people who have done it yet and the data is not as thorough as it should be. Do you agree?”

    hmmm. i dunno. was the person(s) giving you that advice talking specifically about brazilians? in that case, maybe — but i really don’t know. i was one of the first out of the gate when 23andMe opened their doors — but i was just (really!) eager to poke around to see what i could see. i was (am) interested in all sorts of aspects of my genome, not just the ancestry part. if you’re interested in anything like that in addition to ancestry stuff, then i’d say go for it. (^_^) if you’re mostly interested in the ancestry side of things, then it could be that 23andMe (and even the other companies) don’t have much brazilian data yet — and, of course, you want as many samples as possible for comparison’s sake. and, like i say, i really don’t know how much brazilian/south american data 23andMe has.

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  19. @jk – “Isn’t knowingly performing an action which would eventually lead to the extinction of a racial, religious, national, or ethnic group called genocide?”

    not if the people are choosing it themselves, and as far as i’ve heard, no one is coercing these people to marry outside of their ethnic group/race. i wouldn’t call these behaviors genocidal, no.

    i would argue, though, that they should be better informed before they make these decisions, but that it should still be their decision at the end of the day. of course, that’s me — a fairly outbred person — talking. inbred peoples will probably feel differently about who should get to choose to marry whom.

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  20. Interracial marriage

    219,000 Asian men/White women couples
    529,000 White men/Asian women couples

    Cohitation

    37% Asian men and White women
    43% White men and Asian women

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