Indian-born US residents most educated, best off: data

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2009 (AFP) - People born in India are vastly more likely to have a university degree and enjoy higher incomes than other foreign-born US residents, US Census Bureau data shows.
Seventy-four percent of the 1.5 million people who were born in India and now live in the United States have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 26 percent of native-born Americans and 27 percent of the foreign-born population as a whole.

US residents born in Egypt and Nigeria are also well above the national average for university degrees, with more than 60 percent from both countries having at least a bachelor's degree, data recently released from the Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey shows.
Around 137,000 Egyptian-born and 186,000 Nigerian-born people lived in the United States when the data was compiled.
The median household income for US residents born in India was 92,000 dollars, or nearly double the 46,881-dollar median for foreign-born residents as a whole.
US residents born in India also have the highest percentage of people working in management in non-government jobs: 69 percent of Indian-born American residents compared with 36 percent of US natives and 27 percent of all foreign-born people.
People born in the Horn of Africa country of Somalia are among the poorest US residents, with 51 percent living in poverty.
Around a quarter of nearly 102,000 Iraqi-born US residents also live in poverty, compared with 13 percent of the US population as a whole, the data shows.
Most foreign-born US residents hail from Mexico -- nearly 12 million -- with China a distant second at 1.9 million, the Philippines at 1.7 million and then India, at 1.5 million.
The data was compiled from a nationwide sample of around 250,000 addresses per month over the course of 2007 by the US Census Bureau.

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