Differences by race/Hispanic origin1
In 2016, 16 and 17 percent of non-Hispanic white and Hispanic twelfth graders respectively reported frequent dating (more than once a week), compared with 11 percent of non-Hispanic black students. Non-Hispanic white students were more likely than non-Hispanic black students to date frequently in tenth grade, as well (8 and 4 percent, respectively); again, Hispanic students were not noticeably less likely to date frequently than non-Hispanic white students, at 7 percent. In eighth grade, however, non-Hispanic black students had the highest rate of frequent dating (6 percent), followed by Hispanic students (5 percent) and non-Hispanic white students (3 percent) (Appendix 2).
Twelfth graders were almost equally likely to report never dating regardless of race/Hispanic origin. In 2016, 45 percent of non-Hispanic black students reported never dating, followed by 44 percent of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students. In tenth grade, non-Hispanic white students were less likely to report never dating (52 percent) in 2016, compared with 57 percent of their non-Hispanic black peers and 56 percent of their Hispanic peers. Among eighth graders, non-Hispanic white students had the highest rate of never dating (70 percent), followed by their Hispanic and non-Hispanic black peers (68 and 62 percent, respectively) (Appendix 1).