Intermarriage and Assimilation Among Arabs in the United States: Estimates, Causes, and Trends, 1990–2010

  • Andrzej KulczyckiEmail author
  • Arun Peter Lobo


Intermarriage is indicative of an immigrant group’s assimilation into its host society. This study investigates recent intermarriage levels and patterns for Arab Americans; evaluates how acculturation, cultural and structural factors affect their marital choices; and examines differences among Arab national-origin groups. We employ logistic regression analysis and use data from the 2007 to 2011 American Community Survey that gives a sufficiently large sample. The relatively strong socio-economic status of Arab Americans, especially the native-born, leads us to expect high out-marriage rates. Results confirm earlier findings, based on 1990 census data, despite the doubling in size of this population and its disparagement since 9/11. The overall high levels of exogamy suggest Arab Americans are assimilating quickly. The predictors are largely similar for both sexes, but there are also some significant ethnic effects.


Intermarriage Arab Americans Assimilation Ethnicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)BirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Population DivisionNew York City Department of City PlanningNew York CityUSA

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