In U.S. metro areas, huge variation in intermarriage rates
Interracial and interethnic marriage vary widely by U.S. metro area | Pew Research Center
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Census Bureau data. Virginia decision that interracial marriages were legal. All U. These areas are all relatively diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, and this diversity likely contributes to the high intermarriage rates by creating a diverse pool of potential spouses. These areas are characterized by less diversity than their Western counterparts.
In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that marriage across racial lines was legal throughout the country. Intermarriage has increased steadily since then: One-in-six U. Here are more key findings from Pew Research Center about interracial and interethnic marriage and families on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision.