Monday, April 13, 2015
Just 49% of college-educated black women marry a well-educated man (i.e., with at least some post-secondary education), compared to 84% of college-educated white women, according to an analysis of PSID data by Yale sociologist Vida Maralani
Young white women — aged between 25 and 35 — are the most likely to have at least a BA (37%), followed by white men (29%), black women (23%) and black men (16%). Marriage rates are lower among black women compared to white women, even among those with a college education. The proportion of black college graduates aged 25 to 35 who have never married is 60%, compared to 38% for white college-educated women. White women with college degrees are more than twice as likely as their black counterparts (29% v 13%) to be married to someone of equal or greater educational status. Married, black college graduates are much more likely to have a husband with a lower level of education, compared to whites of a similar background (58% v 48%). Married black women with at least a college degree are less likely than their white counterparts to be in the top household income quintile (27% compared to 35%) and more likely to be in a lower income quintile. In fact, black college graduates are equally likely to be in the fourth income quintile as in the top quintile.