Demographics of Interracial Relationships in the United States

This post lists the highlights of the demographics for interracial/international relationships in the U.S.

  • The Pew study finds that 8.4 percent of all current S. marriages, and 17% of newlyweds, are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980.
  • While interracial marriage correlates to a higher rate of divorce, this parallel applies mainly to marriages involving a non-white male and white female.
  • Social enterprise research by the Columbia Business School (2005–2007) concluded that while East Asian women statistically prefer East Asian men for marriage, they show no discrimination against White men, causing Asian women/White men pairings to consistently become the prevalent form of interracial dating & marriage in the United States.
  • Gender plays a significant role in interracial dynamics. White wife/Asian husband couples are 59% more likely to divorce by the 10th year of marriage than White wife/White husband couples, whereas Asian wife/White husband couples show only 4% greater likelihood of divorce than White wife/White husband couples over the same period.
  • Marriages involving a white husband and black wife were substantially less likely to end in divorce than marriage involving a white husband and white wife; the former pairing’s divorce rate was 44 percent less than the latter.
  • Marriages including a black husband and white wife were more prone to divorce than those composed of black husbands and black wives. Black male/white female couples also had the highest likelihood of divorce of all white/non-white marriages.
  • Hispanic white/non-Hispanic white and Asian/white marriages were more liable to divorce than those of Hispanic whites and Asians.
  • Marrying between the ages of 21 and 49, the woman having been foreign born (as opposed to the man), and a higher level of education, are all factors that reduce the rate of divorce for interracial couples.
  • Hispanics and Asians remain the most likely, as in previous decades, to marry outside of their race.


  1. Pew Research: Key facts about race and marriage, 50 years after Loving v. Virginia (June 12, 2017)
  2. Wikipedia: Interracial Marriage in the United States



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