Metros with largest African-born population (2000 Census)
% of Black total
% of Total Metro Population
Washington, DC, MD-VA-WV 80,281 6.1 1.6 New York, NY 73, 851 3.4 0.8 Atlanta, GA 34,302 2.9 0.8 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 27,592 15.4 0.9 Greater Los Angeles Area 25,829 2.7 0.3 Detroit, MI 24,231 2.1 0.6 Houston, TX 22,683 3.1 0.5 Chicago, IL 19,438 2.4 0.7 Dallas, TX 19,134 3.6 0.5 Boston, MA-NH 17,344 9.8 0.7
It is estimated that the current population of African immigrants to the United States is about 881,300. Countries with the most immigrants to the U.S. are Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Somalia, and South Africa. Seventy five percent (75%) of the African immigrants to the USA come from 12 of the 55 countries, namely Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Somalia, Morocco, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone and Sudan, which is based on the 2000 census data.
Additionally, according to the U.S. Census, 55% of immigrants from Africa are male, while 45% are female. Age groups with the largest cohort of African-born immigrants are 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54 with 24.5%, 27.9%, and 15.0% respectively. Africans typically congregate in urban areas, moving to suburban areas over time. They are also less likely to live in segregated areas. The goals of Africans vary tremendously. While some look to create new lives in the U.S., some plan on using the resources and skills gained to go back and help their countries of origin. Either way, African communities contribute millions to the economies of Africa through remittances.
Immigrants from Africa typically settle in heavily urban areas upon arrival into the U.S. Areas such as Washington, D.C., New York, Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta and Minneapolis have heavy concentrations of African immigrant populations. Often there are clusters of nationalities within these cities. The longer African immigrants live in the United States, the more likely they are to live in suburban areas.