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National Demographics

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  • In 1960, African immigrants represented only 0.4 percent of the total immigrant population, compared to nearly 4 percent today.
  • There are 1.5 million African immigrants currently living in the United States, representing approximately 4 percent of the total foreign born population in 2009.
  • In 2009, 41.7 percent of African-born adults ages 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 28.1 percent of native-born adults and 26.8 percent of all foreign-born adults.
  • During the past fifty years, the number of African immigrants in the U.S. has significantly increased from 35,355 in 1960 to 1.5 million in 2010.
  • At the national level, the top countries of origin of African immigrants are: Nigeria (14.1%), Ethiopia (9.9%), Egypt (9.3%), Ghana (7.3%), and Kenya (5.8%). 

Chart showing top countries of origin of African immigrants: Nigeria (14.1%), Ethiopia (9.9%), Egypt (9.3%), Ghana (7.3%), and Kenya (5.8%)