Texas, Maryland, New York have the highest population of Nigerians in the US


It is no news that America has become the second home to many Nigerians who by virtue of their living there have dual citizenship, Nigerian and American.

The 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) put it that 380,785 US residents have their roots in Nigerian.

As of 2013, the World Bank put the number of Nigerian immigrants living in the US at 252,172. This is 23% of all Nigerian migrants, the highest in any destination country. Nigerian migrants represent 0.5% of all migrants in the US, the 32nd highest of all US source countries.

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According to the Pew Research Centre, between 2000 and 2016, the black African immigrant population in the US more than doubled from 574,000 to 1.6 million. Africans was said to have made up 39% of the overall foreign-born black population. This shot up from 24% in 2000.

Based on DNA studies, an estimated 80% of African Americans (about 35 million) could have some Igbo or Hausa ancestry. Therefore, 60% of them, according to historian Douglas B. Chambers, could have at least one Igbo ancestor.

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The 2016 American Community Survey estimates that 380,785 US residents have Nigerian root.

The 2012-2016 ACS estimates that 277,027 American residents were born in Nigeria.

ACS also noted that the US states listed below have the highest numbers of Nigerian population:


Texas 60,173

Maryland 31,263

New York 29,619

California 23,302

Georgia 19,182

Illinois 15,389

New Jersey 14,780

Florida 8,274

Massachusetts 6,661

Pennsylvania 6,371