While doing some work related research the other day, I stumbled upon an interesting graphic (see below) as I was reading a 2003 report analyzing 2000 U.S. Census racial data by the demographer William Frey.
Not surprisingly, Frey found that interracial marriages went up from 4.4 percent in 1990 to 6.7 percent in 2000. But what I found fascinating was how disproportionate the rates of intermarriage was among different races. According to Frey, prevalence of mixed marriages nationally among Hispanics and Asians was roughly the same at 29.7 percent and 28.9 respectively, whereas only 12.9 percent of black folk overall were involved in an interracial marriage.
To provide some perspective here, in 2000, Asians accounted for 3.4 percent of the U.S. population, while Hispanics and African Americans both accounted for 12 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers.
Another unsurprising yet still very interesting factoid was that California, Texas, Florida, and New York had the most mixed race marriages. In fact, California led the nation in being home “to one in four of all mixed-race marriages involving Latinos, and nearly one in three involving Asians.”
Clicking on the map will give you a slightly better resolution of the graphic, but I recommend reviewing the 10-page report to get superior image quality as well as a better understanding the data. The report consists of mostly graphs anyway.
(H/T: William Frey)
Update: This post has been updated with additional demographic information.