How Sub-Saharan Africans Contribute to the U.S. Economy

January 2018 Report from the Partnership for a New American Economy. A detailed analysis of the most recent available demographic and socioeconomic data. Over half of the Sub-Saharan Africans living in the US come from 5 countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Africa .
Our findings suggest that African immigrants measure high in many respects. They naturalize at high rates. They attain higher levels of education than the overall U.S. population, and are more likely to have earned their degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, field. They also make meaningful contributions to several vital sectors of the economy (including healthcare) where employers have persistent challenges finding enough workers. Key Words: Research