Newlywed couples in 2008-2010 combines three years’ data for newlyweds.
Even though labeled as “newlyweds,” 42% of newly married couples in 2008-2010 have been married before (either husband or wife or both).
In 2003, more than three-quarters of all adults (77%) said it is “all right for blacks and whites to date each other,” up from 48% who felt this way in 1987, according to Pew Research Center surveys.
Acceptance of interracial dating is greatest among the young.
There is also a variance by age in reports of interracial marriage in the family.
In Virginia, for example, all non-white groups, including Blacks, Native Americans and Asians, were prohibited from marrying whites.
Even in states that never had laws against racial intermarriage, such as Illinois and New York, such marriages were rare before the end of the 1960s. Virginia, interracial marriages continued to be very uncommon well into the 1970s. By 2005, the number of such marriages had risen almost fourfold, with interracial couples representing 7.5 percent of all married couples.
Fifteen percent of recent newlyweds are multiracial and, overall, 8.4 percent of all marriages are multiracial, according to William Frey at the Brookings Institute.
Compare this to 1960 when only 0.4 percent of US marriages were multiracial.