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But demographic changes likely account for more than this 3.5% increase.
It’s not just that the United State’s increasing diversity means there are more Asians, Hispanics, and Other individuals who choose to intermarry.
Hispanics, Asians, and people who the Census classifies as being of “Other” racial/ethnic backgrounds only made up about 10% of the population in 1980, but today they make up about 29%.
While there is still an increase, it is not even close to what we saw in the first chart.
Only about 17% of young married people were not White in 1980, compared to 35% today.
So what would America’s intermarriage rate look like if the country had not become more diverse?
More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.
Yet the rates of intermarriage among different racial/ethnic groups show very different trends.