Earlier this month the Pew Research Center published new data on the demographics on marriages in 2008 based on Census data. In a new record, 14.6% of all new marriages in the United States in 2008 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, that's more than double the 6.7% from 1980. Breaking down who was marrying who, 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 31% of Asians married someone whose race or ethnicity was different from their own. The numbers based on gender also varied. In 2008, 22% of all black male newlyweds married outside their race, compared with just 9% of black females. Among Asians, it was the opposite pattern. Roughly 40% of Asian female newlyweds married outside their race compared with just 20% of Asian males. For whites and Hispanics there were no gender differences. The likelihood of being in an interracial marriage also seems to be related to where you're geographically located. In the West, 22% of marriages in 2008 were interracial or interethnic, in the South and Northeast they were 13% and 11% in the Midwest.
We could have a long conversation about what all this means, but in short, this means cultures, heritages, traditions and more are getting blended together through marriage and new understanding and greater communication skills are required. We'll keep an eye on this growing trend and supply helpful information unique to interracial couples. Click here for the full report.