No African-born immigrant has been elected or appointed to a position of prominence throughout New York State or City government.
- In this regard, Africans lag behind some of the smaller-sized Caribbean and Asian communities, who have achieved greater success in getting members elected/appointed to city and state offices.
- Across the United States, the District of Columbia is the only jurisdiction to have established an Office for African Affairs within the Mayor’s office.
According to the 2010/American Community Survey, the number of immigrants from Africa increased by 47 times: from an estimated 35,000 before the passage of the 1965 Act to an estimated 1.7 million today (ACS has already acknowledged significant undercounting of all minorities in the 2010 census and thus the actual numbers of the African immigrant community are much bigger.)
The largest concentrations of African-born immigrants are in New York State and Maryland
New York State Population est 170,000, or 10 percent of the total (126,000 of them in NYC)
Maryland Population est 127,000
In the New York Metropolitan area, the number of African immigrants is 212,000 (largely accepted as significantly underestimated) and in the Washington Metropolitan Area, the number of African immigrants is 161,000.
Approx. 75 percent of African immigrants – almost all from sub-Saharan Africa, identify as Black