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By the numbers: Interracial Mating in America

March 31, 2010

With the search terms like “black breeding white women” directing hits to my post Interracial Breeding: White Women every day, I can only assume people are legitimately curious about this subject beyond the pornographic aspect. My other post Interracial breeding: Indian chicks was popular with In Mala Fide readers.

I decided to go ahead and post the data on all groups interracial breeding habits.

These numbers are from the CDC’s 2006 Natality Detail File, which is probably more reliable than the US Census, as it purports to collected data from birth certificates on every single birth which occurred in the United States in that year.  I suspect in cases of disputed paternity or most teenage pregnancies, information on the father is not available and his race is reported as ‘unknown’.  The race of the mother is in bold.

Race/Ethnicity of Mother Race of father (%)
Hispanic white black Non-Hispanic Other Unknown or Not Stated
white 4.7 81.3 2.6 1.7 9.7
Mexican 78.5 6.4 1.4 0.8 12.9
black 1.8 2.7 58.1 0.8 36.6
Cuban 69.8 18.6 3 0.9 9.6
Puerto Rican 54 14.6 11.7 2.1 17.7

While every state asks about the Hispanic ancestry of the mother and father, it seems that only half of all mothers that year lived in states which record data on specific Asian ancestry – who are nationally grouped into the “other” category with Native Americans.

Race/Ethnicity of Mother Race of father (%)
Hispanic white black Non-Hispanic Other Unknown or Not Stated
Chinese 2.2 12.1 0.7 79.5 5.5
Vietnamese 2.7 13.1 0.8 74.6 8.8
Filipino 9 27.2 4.5 52.8 6.5
Japanese 7.5 35.8 4.6 49 3.1
Indian 1.7 4.7 1.1 89.3 3.2

The term “Non-Hispanic Other” represents all Asian ethnicities and Native Americans. 45% of Filipinos report having a Filipino father.  Only 32.6% of Japanese mothers report having a Japanese partner, they are by far the most exogamous group.

Female Hypergamy?

My main reason for investigating this issue was to find evidence of so-called “female hypergamy” on a national scale. However, I was quickly discouraged when I found that for an alarming percentage of mothers, the race of their child’s father was ‘unknown’ (though as you’ll notice, these percentages aren’t quite as high as illegitimacy rates). With white women, I hypothesized that a heavily disproportionate portion of unknown father category would be black and Hispanic due to educational differences between white mothers who reproduced with different groups. But with Indian women, it appeared that those who reproduced exogamously were actually better educated than those with Indian men.

You can find some evidence of female hypergamy with Asian groups however. From the overall births (here and here) 4518 Korean women gave birth while only 3501 women reported having Korean men as fathers. This suggests that unless a sizeable population of Korean men are running around and knocking up women in trailer parks/inner-city and disappearing, Korean men are losing the reproductive battle with men of other races.

The real “black breeding”

Random googlers may be disappointed to find that Black men don’t appear to be sexually outcompeting peckerwoods with white women or other minorities – even Puerto Ricans. I was also surprised that it appears that white women and other minorities prefer Hispanic men over blacks (Though I would guess in the case of illegitimate offspring, perhaps identifying the father as white/Hispanic is more acceptable for some?)

If we were genuinely curious about how much women of a certain race preferred men of another race, looking at the overall percentages would be deceptive as different cultures put varying amounts pressure on their female members to search for mates within the group. The best sort of analysis would be to compare how non-group members do relative to other non-group members.

White women, for example, are 1.77 times more likely to report reproducing with a Hispanic than a black. That ratio for Chinese women is 3.14, Filipino women at 2.0, and Vietnamese women at 3.4. The ratio is lowest for Indian women at 1.5.

Cuban women are 6.2 times more likely to report reproducing with a white male than a black. That ratio for Chinese women is 17.2, Vietnamese women at 6.0, and Mexican women at 4.6. The ratio is lowest for Indian women at 4.2. I left out Puerto Ricans as they have heavy black ancestry.

These ratios imply that Indian women (if they are in the mood to be exogamous) are more likely to “hook-up” with black men than women of other races. Given that Indians and blacks are at polar opposites of the socioeconomic spectrum, this is somewhat interesting.

UPDATE 04/15/10: TheAsianofReason asked about the statistical significance of my assertions. While the sample sizes are fairly large, there were 18k Chinese and Indian mothers each, they may be susceptible the geographic bias (eg. perhaps New Jersey Indians are more prone to miscegenation with blacks than Arizona Indians?).

Crunching the numbers from the available data, I found that Indians were significantly more like to reproduce with black men than Chinese women (χ2=19.44, p<0.001) and significantly less likely than reproduce with white men than Mexican mothers.  I don’t know how to check the proportions though. Two-proportion confidence interval maybe?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2010 11:05 pm

    I’m confused as to how to best interpret that ratio for Indians. I’ve never seen an Indian with a black in my life. Indians seem to only mate with Indians, even in America, they are still practicing the equivalent of arranged marriages. Perhaps the sample size is too small to make a statistically significant conclusion that Indian women are more likely to hook up with blacks than whites. Could just be an aberration.

  2. Indian Love permalink
    April 1, 2010 1:13 am

    The Carribbean is the place where you’ll find Indians marrying Blacks. In fact, it’s hard to meet ANY Carribbean person who doesn’t have some South Asian in them.

    But Indo Caribs are a different breed than the Indos who’s very traditional and conservative grandparents and parents immigrated to the US from the 70s onwards.

    Indo Caribs are descendents of indentured laborers/farm hands from poor backgrounds in India.

  3. April 4, 2010 1:48 am

    I’ve also never seen an Indian woman with blacks. Most India-born women, in my observation, marry Indian males but US-born Indian women go for white men.

  4. Indian Wife permalink
    April 4, 2010 5:40 pm

    Indian families are DEADSET AGAINST their kids and grandkids marrying anyone but another Indian – from the same SES and religious background. It’s very difficult for a white partner to get accepted. Black is out of the question.

  5. Renee permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:19 pm

    Whenever a tippy libby or an overly sensitive neocon get up in arms over any comments on the attractiveness of Black women, first thing they do is to trot out a light skinned, mulatto, or East African instead of dark skinned and West African women. That tells me more about them libs than the person who raised the question. Hypocritical libbies don’t think Black women are attractive unless they’re mixed. All too often, libbies feel guilty about their race and culture, so they trot out mulattoes to make themselves feel good. Sad, but true.

  6. Peter permalink
    August 29, 2010 4:33 pm

    “You can find some evidence of female hypergamy with Asian groups however. From the overall births (here and here) 4518 Korean women gave birth while only 3501 women reported having Korean men as fathers. This suggests that unless a sizeable population of Korean men are running around and knocking up women in trailer parks/inner-city and disappearing, Korean men are losing the reproductive battle with men of other races.”

    Aren’t you being a little dramatic here? There were only 5000 Korean births in an country where there are over a MILLION births per year…rather ridiculous to generalize that Korean men are losing their reproductive battle with men of other races. Considering statistically speaking 99% of male contact of Korean women are probably white males (assuming most Koreans are affluent, well-integrated into upper American society) and it is the males that pursue women, it seems despite being outnumbered Korean males are vastly outperforming their white males competitors.

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