Black People : Nigerians have the highest level of education in the U.S.

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    Analysis of U.S. Census data and other surveys show Nigerian immigrants and their descendants score highest when it comes to earning degrees.

    Nigerian Americans have long been known for their community’s intense cultural emphasis on education, and now an analysis of Census data coupled with several local surveys shows that Nigerians don't just value education, but surpass all other U.S. ethnic groups when it comes to obtaining degrees.

    "Being Black, you are already at a disadvantage," Oluyinka Olutoye, an associate professor of pediatric surgery at Baylor College of Medicine,
    told the Houston Chronicle . "You really need to excel far above if you want to be considered for anything in this country."

    According to 2006 census data, 37 percent of Nigerians in the U.S. had bachelor's degrees, 17 percent held master's degrees and 4 percent had doctorates. In contrast, the same census data showed only 19 percent of white Americans had bachelor’s degrees, 8 percent held master’s degrees and only 1 percent held doctorates, the paper reports.

    The census data was bolstered by an independent analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University and commissioned by the
    Chronicle . "These are higher levels of educational attainment than were found in any," Stephen Klineberg, a sociologist at Rice University who conducts the annual Houston Area Survey, told the paper.

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