About 15% of new marriages are to people of different races or ethnicities, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. This is about double the rate of intermarriage of a generation ago.
The one group in which out-marriage went down recently was among Asian-Americans. Asians had the highest intermarriage rate of any of the standard racial groups in this country to begin with - 30.8% in 2008. But this rate dropped slightly to 27.7% in 2010.
I think I know why. Highly educated people like to marry one another. Asian-Americans are much more educated than other racial groups. Even though there are not many Asians in America, they are much more likely to be college graduates - making a good marriage pool for other college graduates.
About 23% of white-white couples are college graduates.
About 53% of Asian-Asian couples are college graduates.
And white-Asian couples? Only 41%.