The Foreign-Born Population from Africa: 2008-2012

Christine P. Gambino, Edward N. Trevelyan & John Thomas Fitzwater
Date of Publication: 
October, 2014
Source Organization: 
U.S. Census

The foreign-born population from Africa brief discusses the size, place of birth, geographical distribution, and educational attainment of the foreign born from Africa. The total African population in the U.S. is 1.6 million, or about 4 percent of the total foreign-born population. The four largest groups are Nigerian (14 percent of the total African population), Ethiopian (10- percent), Egyptian (9 percent), and Ghanaian (8 percent). Forty-one percent of the African-born population had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2008-2012, compared with 28 percent of the overall foreign-born. Egypt (64 percent) and Nigeria (61 percent) were among the African countries with the highest proportion of bachelors and higher degrees. The report includes maps and charts showing states with the high concentrations of African immigrants. North Dakota (19.4 percent) and Minnesota (19.2) were the two states with the highest percentage of African immigrants to total foreign-born population. New York, California, Texas, and Maryland had the highest absolute numbers of African immigrants. (Abstract courtesy of Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto)

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Gambino, C. P., Trevelyan, E. N. & Fitzwater, J. T. (2014). "The Foreign-Born Population from Africa: 2008-2012." U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Briefs. Washington: DC.

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