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.
In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on the side of the couple.
Today, there are proportionately more Asians, Hispanics and people of other racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States than ever.
These racial/ethnic groups have always been unusually likely to intermarry.
The percentage of intermarried Whites more than tripled from 2.7% in 1980 to 8.5% 2014.
Though this rate of growth is not as high as that of the Black population, it is a larger component of the general rise in intermarriage.