Almost half of all Hawaii marriages involve interracial couples

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White intermarriage has risen to 11 percent from 4 percent over the same period, but whites are the least likely among racial or ethnic groups to intermarry, the report said.

Public perception of intermarriage might play a part: 45 percent of adults in urban areas say that "more people of different races marrying each other is a good thing for society", the study reports.

There also were differences between men and women.

About 11 percent of white American newlyweds are married to someone of another race, according to the study, compared to 18 percent of black Americans, 27 percent of Hispanic Americans and 29 percent of Asian Americans.

In the metro area, 24 percent of Hispanics, 35 percent of Asians, 14 percent of whites and 13 percent of African Americans married between 2011 and 2015 were involved in intermarriage, according to the Pew Research Center.

The figures come from a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

"There's much greater racial tolerance in the United States, with attitudes having changed in a way where it's much more positive toward interracial marriage", Litchter, who has studied interracial and interethnic marriages, said in the AP interview.

One one hand, Asheville, North Carolina, where only 3 percent of newlyweds are intermarried and 85 percentof the population is white, fits with the idea that diversity-or lack thereof-drives intermarriage rates.

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Before then, marriages between people of different races and ethnicities were illegal in many states.

White and black women were the least likely to consider someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015.

The lowest rate of intermarriage in the United States was found in Jackson, Mississippi, where just three percent of weddings involved interracial couples.

28 percent or Republican and Republican-leaning independents say the increasing number of people of different races marrying each other is a good thing, while 49 percent of Democrats and independents who lean to the Democratic Party agree. The film is about a 1967 Supreme Court ruling on interracial marriage.

Of all the areas considered in the study, Honolulu's 42 percent intermarriage rate is significantly higher than both the national average and the next-highest metropolitan location: the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise region in Nevada, which measured 11 percentage points lower than Honolulu. Those laws were repealed in 1874 even as interracial marriage continued to be prohibited in much of the rest of the country until the Loving v. Virginia decision.

The next most common pairing is one white and one Asian spouse (15 percent).

Intermarriage is most common among newlyweds in their 30s (18 percent). Eighteen percent of newlyweds in metropolitan areas were intermarried compared with 11 percent living elsewhere.

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