By Wendy Wang This report analyzes the demographic and economic characteristics of newlyweds who marry spouses of a different race or ethnicity, and compares the traits of those who “marry out” with those who “marry in.” The newlywed pairs are grouped by the race and ethnicity of the husband and wife, and are compared in terms of earnings, education, age of spouse, region of residence and other characteristics.This report is primarily based on the Pew Research Center’s analysis of data from the U. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) in 2008-2010 and on findings from three of the Center’s own nationwide telephone surveys that explore public attitudes toward intermarriage.In reality, black marriage isn’t reserved for the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama.Analysis of census data and other figures has debunked much of the misinformation floating around in the media about the black marriage rate.For purposes of defining interracial marriages, Hispanic is counted as a race by many in the demographic field.RELATED: KENTUCKY CHURCH REVISITS INTERRACIAL COUPLE BAN AFTER UPROAR The study finds that 8.4 percent of all current U. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980.Interracial dating and intermarriage has increased in the last century due to greater human mobility and multiculturalism.
“Newly married” or “newlyweds” refer to couples who got married in the past 12 months prior to the survey date (American Community Survey).
That question has been asked in one form or another in a series of news reports about the black marriage “crisis.” On the surface, such stories seem to be concerned about black women in search of love, but these media reports have largely served to fuel stereotypes about African Americans.
Moreover, by suggesting that too few black men are available to wed, news stories on black marriage have done little more than predict doom and gloom for African American women who hope to marry.
A Gallup Poll on interracial dating in June 2005 reported that 95% of 18- to 29-year-olds approve of blacks and whites dating.
About 60% of that age group said they have dated someone of a different race. Anti-miscegenation laws used to be very common in America.