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The U.S. Census Bureau Institute published a detailed report about Nigerians living in the U.S.A. Here are some of the most interesting facts from the report.

10 Interesting Facts About Nigerians Living In The U.S.

1. There are approximately 400,000 people of Nigerian ancestry in the United States, according to the 2016 American Community Survey. That’s more than 450 percent increase since 1980.

2. The largest number of Nigerian immigrants in the United State reside in Texas, Maryland and New York.

3. There are more male immigrants than women in United states, – a reflection of Nigerian culture that provides more resources to the male child, including an education at home or abroad.

4. Women of Nigerian ancestry were less likely to be divorced than women in the other selected Sub-Saharan and Caribbean ancestry groups. Almost half of all Nigerian-ancestry households were married-couple households — similar to the U.S. rate as a whole.


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5. More than 60 percent of those 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, more than double the rate of the U.S. population as a whole (28.5 percent).

Interesting Facts About Nigerians Living In The U.S.

6. More than three-fourths Nigerian immigrants in the United States participate in the labor force — with more than half of those in the labor force working in management, business, science and arts occupations.

7. Nigerian immigrants in the United States have higher median earnings ($50,922 for men, $44.894 for women) than the U.S. population as a whole ($48,629 for men, $37,842 for women). Nigerian immigrant poverty rate of 12.8 percent is also lower than the national rate of 14.9 percent.

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8. Also, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Institute, almost half of Nigerian Immigrants in the U.S. own their homes, lower than the national share of 65.5 percent.

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Uzonna Anele
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