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August 15, 2013

What was one called “intermarriage” has become common in New Jersey, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, which found that 17 percent of New Jerseyans who married in 2008 chose a partner of a different race or ethnicity.

The rate of “marrying out,” as the study called it, was 11 percent for whites, 26 percent for Hispanics, and 18 percent for blacks. The study did not include enough Asian couples to be counted and be statistically valid.

Nationally, the rate is 14.6 percent, with Asians at 31 percent; Hispanics, 26 percent; blacks, 16 percent; and whites, 9 percent. The West is the region where this trend is most common.

The study showed that marrying out is much more common among native-born adults than among immigrants and is more common among adults who attended college than those who did not.

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