Certain areas of the country, including in Hawaii (42%), Fayetteville, NC (30%), and areas of California and Florida (29%) have higher rates of inter-racial marriage, whereas other areas of the country, like Jackson, Mississippi and Asheville, NC have intermarriage rates similar to those rates that were more common in the 60s (3%).
In addition, city dwellers are more apt to marry across races (18%) relative to people living in less urban areas (11%).
In Social Trends in America and Strategic Approaches to the Negro Problem (1948), Gunnar Myrdal ranked the social areas where restrictions were imposed by Southern Caucasian Americans on the freedom of African-Americans through racial segregation from the least to the most important: jobs, courts and police, politics, basic public facilities, "social equality" including dancing, handshaking, and most important, marriage.
When it comes to finding, choosing, and marrying your forever partner, having the same race and ethnicity appears to be less of a concern today than in previous generations.
In the second experiment, the researchers showed 19 undergraduate students wedding and engagement photos of 200 interracial and same-race couples while recording their neural activity.
The researchers asked the students to quickly indicate whether each couple should be included in a future study on relationships, a task that was intended to ensure participants were socially evaluating the couples while their neural activity was recorded.
Some traditionalists still suspect such people are driven by a desire to defy societal norms, or perhaps the inability to get a more desirable, same-race partner.
Newly published research suggests they couldn't be more wrong.