June 4, 2010

One-in-Seven New U.S. Marriages is Interracial or Interethnic

Marrying Out

I. Executive Summary

This report is based primarily on two data sources: the Pew Research Center’s analysis of demographic data about new marriages in 2008 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and the Pew Research Center’s analysis of its own data from a nationwide telephone survey conducted from October 28 through November 30, 2009 among a nationally representative sample of 2,884 adults. For more information about data sources and methodology, see the Appendix III.

Key findings:

  1. The share of intermarriages for Hawaii and for the Western region of the United States have been revised slightly from an earlier version of this report released June 4, 2010.
  2. "Intermarriage" refers to marriages between a Hispanic and non-Hispanic ("interethnic") or marriages between white, black, Asian, American India or those who identify as multiple races or some other race (“interracial”). All racial groups in this study are non-Hispanic. For more details see the full report.