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Indians: Largest Foreign Student Group in USA

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Almost one in 7 foreign student in the United States is Indian, making them the largest foreign student group in the country in 2006, even though their numbers dipped 5 percent from the previous year.

 

Texas is by far the most popular state for Indian foreign students, followed by New York, California and Illinois. However, Indians constitute a higher proportion of the total foreign student body in South Dakota, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Indians don’t take to U.S. islands, however. The only areas where Indians did not make the top 10 list of foreign students are Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. They did nudge into 7th place in the Virgin Isles, but only with 3 students. 

Foreign Students in USA
Rank Country Students Percentage
1 India 76,503 13.5
2  China 62,582 11.1
3 South Korea 3,358 10.3
4 Japan 38,712 6.9
5 Canada 28,202 5.0
6 Taiwan 27,876 4.9
7 Mexico 13,931 2.5
8 Turkey 11,622 2.1
9 Germany 8,829 1.6
10 Thailand 8,765 1.6
Source: Open Doors, Institute of International Education 2006

 

Indian Students in USA

State

Foreign Student Rank

Students

Proportion of Foreign Students

Texas

1

10,896

23.0%

New York

2

7,215

11.6%

California

4

6,682

8.9%

Illinois

1

4,589

18.3%

Ohio

1

3,895

21.7%

Pennsylvania

1

3,422

15.0%

Michigan

1

3,388

16.2%

New Jersey

1

2,855

22.7%

Florida

1

2,272

8.7%

Massachussetts

3

2,243

8.0%

Viriginia

1

2,082

16.7%

Indiana

1

2,079

15.8%

Georgia

1

1,816

15.0%

Arizona

1

1,669

16.7%

Louisiana

1

1,589

23.6%

Maryland

2

1,524

11.3%

Alabama

1

1,414

22.2%

Oklahoma

1

1,357

16.0%

Missouri

1

1,339

14.0%

North Carolina

2

1,251

13.9%

Connecticut

1

1,220

17.1%

Kansas

1

1,087

17.5%

Kentucky

1

1,035

21.6%

Tennessee

1

1,000

17.3%

Iowa

2

896

11.7%

Wisconsin

3

887

11.4%

Minnesota

2

834

9.8%

South Carolina

1

736

20.7%

Mississippi

1

649

28.6%

Colorado

1

638

11.6%

West Virginia

1

555

11.4%

Utah

4

486

8.2%

District of Columbia

2

453

5.8%

New Mexico

1

440

20.5%

Oregon

5

375

6.8%

Washington

 7

367

3.4%

Arkansas

1

344

12.4%

Delaware

2

327

14.1%

North Dakota

2

312

19.0%

Nebraska

2

309

7.9%

Nevada

3

272

9.5%

Rhode Island

3

263

8.7%

Idaho

2

228

11.9%

South Dakota

1

216

32.4%

New Hampshire

3

211

10.2%

Maine

3

98

6.4%

Montana

4

82

8.5%

Alaska

1

81

18.6%

Wyoming

2

74

13.9%

Vermont

9

16

1.9%

Source: Open Doors, Institute of International Education 2006

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