The number of African immigrants in the U.S. has been doubling every ten years since 1970, according to a Pew Research Center report based on U.S. Census data. There were 1.8 million foreign-born Africans living in the country in 2013, more than double compared to 881,000 in 2000, and considerably higher than in 1970, when only 80,000 African immigrants were living in the U.S. Their share grew from 0.8 percent in 1970 to 4.4 percent of the total U.S. population in 2013.
Africans had the fastest growing pace among major groups of immigrants arriving in the U.S. in the past five years. The number of newcomers increased 41% between 2000 and 2013. They arrived from all over Africa, but five countries of origin accounted for almost half of the foreign-born African population: Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Egypt.
According to the Pew research, 38% of the African immigrants settle in the South, 27% in the Northeast, 18% in the West, and 17% in the Midwest. The largest groups of foreign-born Africans are in California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Maryland. In each of these five states there are at least 100,000 African immigrants.
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