This marks a change from 1980, when there were virtually no educational differences in the likelihood of intermarriage among newlyweds.The same patterns and trends emerge when looking separately at newlywed men and women; there are no overall gender differences in intermarriage by educational attainment.While 16% of those with a high school diploma or less are married to a non-Hispanic, this share more than doubles to 35% among those with some college.And it rises to 46% for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.Perhaps more striking – the share of blacks in the marriage market has remained more or less constant (15% in 1980, 16% in 2015), yet their intermarriage rate has more than tripled.
Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed.
The long-term annual growth in newlyweds marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity has led to dramatic increases in the overall number of people who are presently intermarried – including both those who recently married and those who did so years, or even decades, earlier.
In 2015, that number stood at 11 million – 10% of all married people.
The share has tripled since 1980, when 3% of married people – about 3 million altogether – had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity.
Overall increases in intermarriage have been fueled in part by rising intermarriage rates among black newlyweds and among white newlyweds.