In contrast, blacks who married outside their race increased in share from 15.5 percent to 17.1 percent, due in part to a rising black middle class that has more interaction with other races.
Intermarriage among whites rose in share slightly, while among Hispanics the rate was flat, at roughly 25.7 percent.
But Taylor believes the longer-term trend of intermarriage is likely to continue.
As a whole, about 63 percent of those surveyed say it "would be fine" if a family member were to marry outside their own race.A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race."The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.Due to increasing interracial marriages, multiracial Americans are a small but fast-growing demographic group, making up about 9 million, or 8 percent of the minority population. "Race is a social construct; race isn't real," said Jonathan Brent, 28.Together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U. The son of a white father and Japanese-American mother, Brent helped organize multiracial groups in southern California and believes his background helps him understand situations from different perspectives.