Stats on interracial dating and relationships

For Asians, the gender pattern goes in the opposite direction: Asian women are much more likely than Asian men to marry someone of a different race.

Among newlyweds in 2013, 37% of Asian women married someone who was not Asian, while 16% of Asian men married outside of their race.

The rates were highest in Honolulu (42 percent), Las Vegas (31 percent), and Santa Barbara (30 percent).

Women are slightly more likely to “marry out” than men in this group: 61% of American Indian female newlyweds married outside their race, compared with 54% of American Indian male newlyweds.

Overall, there has been a dramatic increase in interracial marriage.

In 2015, 10 percent of all married Americans were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Seventeen percent of all weddings performed in 2015 were interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980. In 2015, 18 percent of new marriages in metropolitan areas were interracial, compared with 11 percent of newlyweds outside of metropolitan areas.

Differences in racial composition of metropolitan and non-metropolitan populations may also account for some of the gap: 83 percent of newlyweds in non-metro areas are white, compared to 62 percent in metro areas.

Hispanics and Asians, on the other hand, make up 26 percent of newlyweds in metro areas and only 10 percent in non-metro areas—and they’re much more likely than white people to marry outside their ethnic groups.

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