Kposowa, and Michele A. That intermarriage patterns vary by gender becomes apparent when looking at a more detailed profile of intermarried couples that identifies the race or ethnicity of the husband separately from the race or ethnicity of the wife. Trends and patterns in intermarriage Intermarriage varies by race and ethnicity A growing educational gap in intermarriage Intermarriage is slightly less common at older ages In metro areas, almost one-in-five newlyweds are intermarried The largest share of intermarried couples include one Hispanic and one white spouse 2. But size alone cannot totally explain intermarriage patterns. Intermarriage has risen dramatically at all education levels for blacks, with the biggest proportional increases occurring among those with the least education. And, as sociologist Dan Lichter points out, the biggest increase appears to be within minority groups.
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These marriages follow similar patterns by sex as interracial marriages of previous decades. Only 11 percent of intermarriages were between black and white Americans, reflecting the persistent cultural resistance against relationships between these races. The lower rate of intermarriage among older newlyweds in is largely attributable to a lower rate among women. However, rates of intermarriage increase as education levels rise for both the U. Intermarriage varies little by age for white and Hispanic newlyweds, but more striking patterns emerge among black and Asian newlyweds.