Social and demographic trends analyzed by the Pew Center for Research determined the following:
- About 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share of 6.7% in 1980.
- White/Asian newlyweds of 2008 through 2010 have significantly higher median combined annual earnings ($70,952) than do any other pairing, including both white/white ($60,000) and Asian/Asian ($62,000).
- About one-in-five (22%) of all newlyweds in Western states married someone of a different race or ethnicity between 2008 and 2010, compared with 14% in the South, 13% in the Northeast and 11% in the Midwest.
The trend on interracial earnings surprised me. I would have bet a million dollars that the highest-earning couples would be Asian/Asian versus White/Asian, for the very reason that Asians are extremely motivated when it comes to education and careers, plus they are uber-conscious when it comes to money matters.
However this research was done in 2010. I’m curious what the trends are for more current years. But then again, Mark Zuckerberg married Dr. Priscilla Chan so maybe the White/Asian dominance in earnings would still stand.