African Immigrants in Philadelphia

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Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

  • There are an estimated 40,000-55,000 African immigrants living in the Greater Philadelphia area. (These figures are based on community leader estimates).
  • There are immigrants in Philadelphia from almost every African country.
  • The largest communities are from Nigeria, Liberia, Ethiopia, and Ghana.
  • African immigrants in Philadelphia speak many different languages. Some, like Amharic in Ethiopia and
  • Wolof in Senegal, are spoken by a majority of the community as first or second language.
  • Other languages are spoken by just a small ethnic group. In communities with great linguistic diversity, English or French, the
  • official language of the home country, may be the preferred language of communication

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