Chart: The Encouraging Rise of Interracial Marriage

Posted by Andrew Price

In anticipation of Loving Day this coming weekend, here's a chart showing the growth of interracial marriage over the last few decades.

Hispanic/white couples account for nearly 41 percent of all interracial marriages. Matt Yglesias makes an interesting point:

I think the upshot of this is that the country will be “whiter” in 2050 than naive demographic projections suggest and that will largely be because a very substantial portion of the descendants of today’s Hispanics and Asians will be considered white.

And, oddly enough, that trend would start to pull down the percentage of marriages we consider interracial right? At any rate, to the extent that this chart reflects a growing acceptance of getting married to whomever you love regardless of race, it's certainly a very nice thing to see.