African immigrants make the smartest Americans?

March 19, 2007
Black Immigrants, An Invisible 'Model Minority'
By Clarence Page

WASHINGTON-Do African immigrants make the smartest Americans? The question may sound outlandish, but if you were judging by statistics alone, you could find plenty of evidence to back it up.

In a side-by-side comparison of 2000 census data by sociologist John R. Logan at the Mumford Center, State University of New York at Albany, black immigrants from Africa average the highest educational attainment of any population group in the country, including whites and Asians.

For example, 43.8 percent of African immigrants had achieved a college degree, compared to 42.5 of Asian Americans, 28.9 percent for immigrants from Europe, Russia and Canada, and 23.1 percent of the U.S. population as a whole.



  1. Anonymous7/09/2007

    Why would this seem outlandish to anyone? The tired and plain sterotype that people of darker skin tones are not intelligent or can not be superior has again been debunked. This proves that given the right opportunites, anyone can be excellent, especially with their brains.

  2. Anonymous11/30/2007

    more than race, socioeconomic status has proven to be the single most important factor in academic success. in America, a student's SAT score goes up 10 points for every $3,000 his parents make a year.
    it's not at all surprising then that those who have enough wealth to emigrate from such an impoverished continent do well here academically. what i'm saying is for every statistic you find that says Africans are the "smartest" immigrants, I can show you one that also says they're the richest.
    in that sense, it's kinda sad. you were trying to make a progressive point. but really, it just reiterates that money matters most.