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  1. As a group, Indian-born adults were substantially more likely to be college graduates than all immigrant and native-born adults.

  2. In 2011, a much smaller share of Indian immigrants (7 percent) lived in households with an annual income below the federal poverty line than the native born (15 percent) and immigrants overall (20 percent).

  3. 42% of the world’s poor live in India. That’s over 450 million people living below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank.

  4. More than a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians live on less than two dollars a day. An estimated 35% of India’s population lives below the poverty line.

  5. India has one of the world’s highest rates of abortion.

  6. India was the second most common country of origin for international students studying at U.S. institutions of higher learning in 2011.

  7. India has the world’s third largest road network at 1.9 million miles. It also has the world’s second largest rail network, which is the world’s largest civilian employer with 16 million workers.

  8. The British Raj, or British rule, lasted from 1858 to 1947 (although they had a strong presence in India since the 1700s). British influence is still seen in Indian architecture, education system, transportation, and politics. Many of India’s worst famines are associated with British rule in India.

  9. Introduced by the British, cricket is India’s most popular sport. Hockey is considered the national sport, and the Indian field hockey team proudly won Olympic gold in 1928.

  10. Half the world’s outsourced IT services come from India, amounting to a $47 billion dollar industry.