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A Black and White Statistic: Rutgers Wins the Interracial Dating Game

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In 2011, studies showed that interracial dating — a practice that was basically illegal only 40 years ago — was a rising practice. 90 percent of Millenials approved of the practice, although the change of heart is slow-moving. Those surveyed showed narrow perspectives on which ethnicities they would be willing to date and how open they actually be while dating them. But progress was being made.

And certain parts of the country are meshing faster than others. A new study from the dating site InterracialMatch (reported by NJ.com) puts Rutgers University, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as the number one college for interracial dating. Behind the state school were Stanford University in California, St. John’s University in New York, and the University of Houston in Texas. (Texas!)  The tabulation is based on over 15,000 surveys sent to college-affiliated e-mail addresses found in InterracialMatch’s database,

Per the Rutgers website, 45 percent of the student population is white, 20 percent are Asian, 12 percent are Latino, 10 percent are African-American, six percent are international and seven percent are listed as other.

The site’s survey was also able to conclude that 87.6 percent of men and 76.6 percent of women would consider dating somebody from a different race. Of those already in a relationship, 88 percent of men told their families about it, compared to 19.7 percent of women.

For those now asking themselves if they would ever date inter-racially… it’s time to rent Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? off iTunes and join the club. Everybody’s doing it.

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Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.

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