New Boundless Report: What it Means to be a Black Immigrant in America

Black immigrants are a small but growing portion of the U.S. population

Jun 15, 2021

A new report released today by Boundless found that Black immigrants are a small but growing portion of the U.S. population, with their own unique set of experiences and challenges.

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Key findings of the report include:

  • Black immigrants are more likely to speak English than U.S. immigrants as a whole
  • They have a higher labor force participation rate (meaning they are either employed or looking for work) than U.S.-born whites
  • Black immigrants are among the most highly educated immigrant groups
  • The top five countries of birth for Black immigrants are Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Trinidad and Tobago
  • The top state of residence for Black immigrants is New York, followed by Florida and Texas
  • Black immigrants are significant contributors to the U.S. economy, and paid $36 billion in taxes in 2018
  • Forty-one percent of Black immigrants own a home or are buying a home, versus 53% of all other U.S. immigrants

For more information, access the full report.

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