Swirl Going Up! New Research Shows Interracial Marriage Rates Are Five Times Higher Than In 1967

One In Six Newlyweds Are Married To Someone Of A Different Race Or Ethnicity

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to most of y’all but swirl marriage is WAY WAY up from 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia decision that interracial marriages were legal.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data which was released Thursday, one in six newlyweds are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. As you would probably imagine is the case, intermarriage is more common in metropolitan areas than rural areas.

While we normally think of interracial marriage as primarily a black and white thing, the analysis actually shows that the most common intermarriage is between Hispanic and white people, while the second most common match is white and Asian.

Do you think you can guess which city has the highest rates of interracial marriage?

Hit the flip for the answer.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 27, 2014: An interracial couple pose for a photograph with members of their wedding party after their Mormon wedding ceremony in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Once condemned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, interracial marriages are now allowed by the Mormon church but are discouraged. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

If you said Honolulu you are absolutely right!

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 cities for intermarriage.

1. Honolulu, HI 42%
2. Las Vegas, NV 31%
3. Santa Barbara, CA 30%
4. Fayetteville, NC 29%
5. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 29%
6. Albuquerque, NM 28%
7. Stockton-Lodi, CA 28%
8. Anchorage, Alaska 28%
9. Ogden-Clearfield, UT 27%
10. San Diego – Carlsbad, CA 27%

And here’s a list of the 10 cities where you will find the lowest rates of interracial marriage

1. Greensboro-High Point, NC 9%
2. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazelton, PA 9%
3. Lafayette, LA 9%
4. Baton Rouge, LA 8%
5. Birmingham-Hoover, AL 6%
6. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 6%
7. Chattanooga, TN-GA 5%
8. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 4%
9. Asheville, NC 3%
10. Jackson, MS 3%

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