Do you know where intermarried newlyweds are clustered across the United States?
Which state has the highest rate of intermarried newlyweds? New York? California? Florida? Oklahoma?
Which state has the lowest rate?
Since our first post this week, we’ve been surprising readers with the latest data from a recent Pew analysis of intermarriage. Today, let’s look at where this trend seems to be clustered nationwide.
(Pssst! Find a hint in the photos.)
You might be surprised to know that the Aloha State has the highest rate, according to Pew. Forty-two percent of recent newlyweds in Hawaii are intermarried.
The Sooner State—Oklahoma—has the second highest rate. Just over one of four (26%) recent Oklahoman newlyweds were intermarried. Seven other states had intermarriage rates of 20% or more: Nevada, New Mexico, Alaska, California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.
There’s a clear geographic pattern here, as Pew analysts point out in their report: All of these states are west of the Mississippi River.
Overall, the western region of the country has the highest rate of intermarriage at 21.9%.
Midwest ranks lowest: 11.1%.
Of all the 50 states, which one has the lowest rate of intermarriage?
It’s Vermont at 4 percent of intermarried newlyweds.
What’s your reaction?
Do you see these patterns?
Why do regions differ?
Why do these states differ?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue.