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The rates were highest in Honolulu (42 percent), Las Vegas (31 percent), and Santa Barbara (30 percent).Intermarriage is rarest in metro areas in southern states (Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas), as well as two metro areas in Pennsylvania.And while there are, no doubt, interracial couples who haven't experienced discrimination, according to countless anecdotes, (here, here, and here) prejudice is alive and well.Being aware that discrimination is still happening is the first step to helping It's pretty normal for a white guy to be with a Latina.Overall, there has been a dramatic increase in interracial marriage.In 2015, 10 percent of all married Americans were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Seventeen percent of all weddings performed in 2015 were interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980. In 2015, 18 percent of new marriages in metropolitan areas were interracial, compared with 11 percent of newlyweds outside of metropolitan areas.
Las Vegas and Santa Barbara follow a similar pattern.“Part of it is about numbers,” says Pew senior researcher Gretchen Livingston, a co-author of the report.“The pool of potential spouses in urban areas in the U. tends to be a bit more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity than the pool in rural areas, so that fact in and of itself can increase the likelihood of intermarriage.” Livingston cites the example of Honolulu, where 42 percent of newlyweds are intermarried and the population is 42 percent Asian, 20 percent white, and 9 percent Hispanic.Thirty-eight percent of those in suburban areas say the same.Only 24 percent of people living in rural areas agreed with that statement.