May 18, 2017

Intermarriage across the U.S. by metro area

The share of newlyweds married to someone of a different race or ethnicity has been steadily climbing in the United States. In 1967, 3% of newlyweds were intermarried, and by 2015, that share had risen to 17%. Across metropolitan areas, intermarriage rates vary dramatically. Honolulu has the highest rate of intermarriage – 42% of newlyweds have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity. On the other hand, in Jackson, Mississippi, and Asheville, North Carolina, just 3% of the recently wed are intermarried. As is the case nationally, within metro areas, intermarriage rates differ across races. For instance, among newlyweds in Chicago, 35% of Asians are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, compared with 24% of Hispanics, 14% of whites and 13% of blacks.