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The share has tripled since 1980, when 3% of married people – about 3 million altogether – had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.Overall increases in intermarriage have been fueled in part by rising intermarriage rates among black newlyweds and among white newlyweds.In 2015, 13% of recently married men with a high school diploma or less and 14% of women with the same level of educational attainment had a spouse of another race or ethnicity, as did 19% of recently married men with some college and 18% of comparable women.Among newlyweds with a bachelor’s degree, 20% of men and 18% of women were intermarried.
Among Asian newlyweds, these gender differences exist for both immigrants (15% men, 31% women) and the U. Among white newlyweds, there is no notable gender gap in intermarriage – 12% of men and 10% of women had married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015.The share of recently married blacks with a spouse of a different race or ethnicity has more than tripled, from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2015.Among recently married whites, rates have more than doubled, from 4% up to 11%. The pattern is similar among Asian newlyweds, three-fourths of whom are immigrants. Significant growth in the Hispanic and Asian populations in the U. since 1980, coupled with the high rates of intermarriage among Hispanic and Asian newlyweds, has been an important factor driving the rise in intermarriage.In 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all newlyweds were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity.Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed.