Report: Ogden-Clearfield interracial marriage rate one of the highest in U.S.

Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

The Ogden-Clearfield metro area has one of the highest rates for interracial marriages in the country, according to a new study released Thursday by Pew Research Center.

At 27 percent, Ogden-Clearfield’s interracial marriage rate is tied with San Diego-Carlsbad for ninth highest in the country. Meanwhile, Salt Lake City has an intermarriage rate of 18 percent and Provo-Orem has a 14 percent rate.

One in six newlyweds nationwide married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, according to U.S. Census data.

Pew conducted the study to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage throughout the U.S. Interracial marriage has increased sharply since then, rising from 3 percent in 1967 to 17 percent in 2015. 

The majority of interracial couples are made up of one white and one Hispanic spouse, Pew’s study shows.

Weber County’s estimated Hispanic population was 17.9 percent while Davis County’s is 9.4 percent, according to 2015 Census data estimates.

The Ogden-Clearfield metro area is made up of Davis, Weber, Morgan and Box Elder counties. 

Honolulu, Hawaii had the highest number of interracial marriages at 41 percent, while in Jackson, Mississippi and Asheville, North Carolina only 3 percent of newlywed couples had spouses of other races.

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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