New data from the Pew Research Center might fall under the category of "not surprising," but it's still good to have the hard numbers. The study showed that in 2010, 8.4% of all marriages in the U.S. were made up of interracial couples, a huge increase from just 3.2% in 1980. This number looks like it will continue to spike too, with 15% of couple who got married in 2010 were interracial. By ethnicity, Asians were most likely to marry outside of their race (27.7%), followed by Hispanics (25.7%), then blacks (17.1%) and then whites (9.4%). USA Today has a great breakdown of data by state, which shows Hawaii as the most diverse, followed by Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico, and Alaska rounding out the top five. The state with the most interracial marriages in terms of numbers is California (it also ranked 6th by percentage). What's also interesting is seeing how different the numbers are for genders within a race. For example, the Pew study found that between 2008-2010 36% of Asian women married outside their race, compared with 17% of Asian men.
For more on this study in USA Today, click here.