Four out of every ten newlyweds in Honolulu are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, by far the highest percentage of any metropolitan area in the United States, according to new research by the Pew Research Center. Honolulu had, by far, the biggest share of newlyweds - 42 percent - marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity, trailed by Las Vegas at 31 percent.
"There's much greater racial tolerance in the United States, with attitudes having changed in a way where it's much more positive toward interracial marriage", Litchter, who has studied interracial and interethnic marriages, said in the AP interview.
Despite lagging behind Asian and Hispanic newlyweds, black and white newlyweds experienced the most dramatic growth in the rate of interracial and interethnic marriages. Mildred Loving, a part-Native American, part-black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, landed in a Virginia county jail for getting married.
Pew had analyzed figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and found that 2015 showed a fivefold increase of spouses of different races or ethnicities over 1967. Thirty-six percent of Asian women and 28 percent of Hispanic women intermarried in 2015, while 26 percent of Hispanic men and 24 percent of black men married someone of a different race or ethnicity.
White intermarriage has risen to 11 percent from 4 percent over the same period, but whites are the least likely among racial or ethnic groups to intermarry, the report said. The rate for black newlyweds has more than tripled since 1980 - from 5 percent to 18 percent.
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The most common paring in the U.S.is Hispanics and whites.
Intermarriage is most common among newlyweds in their 30s (18 percent). "Asian newlyweds with some college are somewhat less likely to be immigrants, and this may contribute to the higher rates of intermarriage for this group", the Pew report suggests.
The number of new marriages across racial or ethnic lines varies widely across US metropolitan areas.
The trend has been marked by growing acceptance, with 39 percent of adults in a Pew poll this spring saying that it is good for society, a 15-point increase in seven years, the report said. In Denver, 14 percent of whites married someone of a different race, compared with 36 percent of Hispanics.
"Nationally, about 10 percent of all couples intermarried, the study said".
Roughly half - or 49 percent - of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents see intermarriage as a good thing for society.