Journals on interracial dating
The nearly 20% increase of populations that were already intermarrying at higher rates explains a large portion of the rise in intermarriage.
But demographic changes likely account for more than this 3.5% increase.
Yet the rates of intermarriage among different racial/ethnic groups show very different trends.
This next chart displays intermarriage rates across time for the America’s four major racial/ethnic groups for the same period.
This is because Whites make up the majority of married people – though their share is decreasing.Once these demographic changes are accounted for, a large portion of the increase in intermarriage rates vanishes.More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.The most dramatic change over the last several decades is the number of Blacks intermarrying.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.