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Researchers point out that people are more likely to marry outside their race/ethnicity when their pool of potential spouses of the same race/ethnicity is smaller, and vice versa. Both white and black Americans have plenty of potential partners within their own groups.Asians, on the other hand, make up only about 4 percent of the U. population, which gives them fewer choices among other Asians. Nearly 31 percent of Asians marrying in 2008 had a non-Asian spouse, about the same percentage as in 1980. Data gathered from more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online show that whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race, while blacks, especially men, are far more likely to cross the race barrier in hopes of being struck by Cupid's arrow. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when it comes to dating, cyberspace is as segregated as the real world.About 44 percent of the population under age 18 in 2009 was Hispanic, black, Asian, or another non-white group, compared with about 35 percent of the total U. The Pew survey reported that one-third of respondents said they had a family member married to someone of another race or ethnic group.
This demographic change has other effects: Foreign-born Asians are less likely to marry out than U.Hispanic men and women are about as likely to marry outside their ethnic group, and they tend to marry non-Hispanic whites more than other groups.The likelihood of choosing a marriage partner of another race or ethnic group is also influenced by the available pool of people of the appropriate age and with a similar educational background, because most people marry someone close in age and educational level. whites—long the racial majority—have the lowest intermarriage rates, followed by blacks.About one-quarter of Hispanic men and women married non-Hispanics in 2008.But the Pew report already documented a recent uptick in intermarriage among Hispanics and Asians, as immigration has slowed and the proportion of Hispanics and Asians who were born in the United States has grown.