Table 2. African Immigrants by Region of Birth, 1960 - 2009
1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2009
Africa total 35355 80143 199723 363819 881,300 1,492,785
Eastern Africa (NA) (NA) 26036 72300 213,299 423298
Middle Africa (NA) (NA) 3719 8800 26,900 65,457
Northern Africa 15903 32396 69777 99044 190,491 264,536
Southern Africa (NA) (NA) 16103 34707 66,496 85,145
Western Africa (NA) (NA) 50002 111566 326,507 542032
Africa n.e.c. 5756 21400 34086 37402 57,607 112,317
Africa total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Eastern Africa (NA) (NA) 13.0% 19.9% 24.2% 28.4%
Middle Africa (NA) (NA) 1.9% 2.4% 3.1% 4.4%
Northern Africa 45.0% 40.4% 34.9% 27.2% 21.6% 17.7%
Southern Africa (NA) (NA) 8.1% 9.5% 7.5% 5.7%
Western Africa (NA) (NA) 25.0% 30.7% 37.0% 36.3%
Africa n.e.c. 16.3% 26.7% 17.1% 10.3% 6.5% 7.5%
Note: Data is not available where (NA) is indicated; "n.e.c" stands for not elsewhere classified.
Source: Data for 2000 from the 2000 census; 2009 data from the American Community Survey 2009. Data for earlier decades from Campbell Gibson and Emily Lennon, "Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850 to 1990" (US Census Bureau Working Paper No. 29, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999). Available online.


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