No big surprise for the people of Los Angeles or Kobe Bryant. The Pew Research Center this week confirmed what we Angelenos know and live:
Marriages between folks of different racial and ethnic groups have more than doubled in the last 30 years in America.
Yes we've been crossing those divides in L.A. for quite some time. Here are the groups Pew says do it the most:
Asian Americans "married out" at a whopping rate of 28 percent (with more than one in three Asian American women doing it).
Latinos were next at 26 percent.
African Americans came in at 17 percent.
And white folks tried to keep it right at 9 percent.
The rate of so-called intermarriage went from 6.7 percent in 1980 to 15 percent in 2010, according to the report, titled The Rise of Intermarriage.
Of course, Pew has to realize that back in grandma and grandpa's days, marriage between an Irish guy and an Italian woman had the makings of a radically mixed family (really).
In contemporary L.A. a union between a PETA supporter and a bacon fanatic is equally as groundbreaking.
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Pew notes that higher rates of intermarriage happen more on the sunny side of America:
Intermarriage in the United States tilts West. About one-in-five (22%) of all newlyweds in Western states married someone of a different race or ethnicity between 2008 and 2010 ...
Of course California probably leads the country in interdivorce too.