Other findings: -Broken down by gender, black men were more than twice as likely as black women to marry someone outside their race - 24 percent to 9 percent.The reverse held true for Asian men - 17 percent intermarried, compared to 36 percent among Asian women.Brent, now a lawyer in Charlottesville, Va., says at varying points in his life he has identified with being white, Japanese and more recently as someone of mixed ethnic background. According to the Pew report, more than 25 percent of Hispanics and Asians who married in 2010 had a spouse of a different race.
Still, the share of Asians who intermarried has actually declined recently - from 30.5 percent in 2008 to 27.7 percent in 2010.
But Taylor believes the longer-term trend of intermarriage is likely to continue.
"For younger Americans, racial and ethnic diversity are a part of their lives," he said.
In all, more than 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were interracial.
The numbers also coincide with Pew survey data showing greater public acceptance of mixed marriage, coming nearly half a century after the Supreme Court in 1967 barred race-based restrictions on marriage.