Biggest sources of immigrants to Birmingham

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Birmingham

Nearly 14% of the United States population is composed of immigrants. But in reality, the vast majority of Americans today are here because of relatives who immigrated from other countries some time in the last several hundred years.

And while the distinctive American culture and spirit is the result of blending many diverse cultures and histories, the United States has for centuries had an up-and-down relationship with immigration.

Each era of immigration has been met with reductive ideas and resistance, whether the backlash was directed toward the Chinese, Irish, Italians, or Mexicans. Immigration laws have targeted specific groups at various times, stoking intolerance and preventing people from truly joining American society. Over time, however, as laws changed to be more equitable and immigrants found their footings, we have reaped the rewards of innovation in business, music, art, literature, dance, food, societal norms, entertainment, and sports—all while realizing a greater understanding of and respect for different cultures, religions, and ideas.

Stacker compiled a list of the countries most immigrants to Birmingham come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Birmingham as of 2019’s five-year estimates.

Keep reading to find out more about the immigrant community in your home city.

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#49 (tie). Kuwait

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 94
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 33,788
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #102 most common country of origin

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#49 (tie). Yemen

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 94
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 54,152
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #82 most common country of origin

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#47 (tie). Costa Rica

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 98
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 88,084
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #66 most common country of origin

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#47 (tie). Nicaragua

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 98
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 251,913
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #33 most common country of origin

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#46. Guyana

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 102
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 271,092
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #31 most common country of origin

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#44 (tie). Ireland

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 104
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 121,469
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #53 most common country of origin

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#44 (tie). Turkey

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 104
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 119,380
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #54 most common country of origin

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#43. Dominican Republic

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 105
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 1,118,147
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%
- #8 most common country of origin

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#42. Romania

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 108
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 162,046
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #45 most common country of origin

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#41. Argentina

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 115
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 194,435
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #39 most common country of origin

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#40. Egypt

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 136
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 191,452
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #40 most common country of origin

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#39. Sri Lanka

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 137
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 52,439
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #83 most common country of origin

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#38. Spain

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 152
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 115,113
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #55 most common country of origin

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#37. Greece

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 157
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 129,765
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #51 most common country of origin

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#36. Bangladesh

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 160
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 237,288
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #35 most common country of origin

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#35. Italy

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 164
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 332,857
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #30 most common country of origin

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#34. Lebanon

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 198
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 121,697
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #52 most common country of origin

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#33. Taiwan

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 223
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 381,098
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #24 most common country of origin

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#32. France

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 225
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 181,554
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #41 most common country of origin

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#31. Bahamas

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 227
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 33,698
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #103 most common country of origin

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#30. Nepal

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 230
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 140,904
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #49 most common country of origin

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#29. Zimbabwe

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 239
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 24,144
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #114 most common country of origin

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#28. Panama

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 265
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 103,299
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #58 most common country of origin

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#27. Peru

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 283
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 451,076
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #18 most common country of origin

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#25 (tie). Iran

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 307
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 382,260
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #23 most common country of origin

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#25 (tie). Colombia

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 307
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 761,374
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
- #12 most common country of origin

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#24. Thailand

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 325
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 255,345
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #32 most common country of origin

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#22 (tie). Japan

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 329
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 345,140
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #29 most common country of origin

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#22 (tie). Brazil

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 329
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 433,479
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #20 most common country of origin

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#21. Russia

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 391,641
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #22 most common country of origin

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#20. South Africa

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 365
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 104,022
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #56 most common country of origin

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#19. Nigeria

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 370
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 350,272
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #26 most common country of origin

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#18. Jamaica

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

National
- Number of residents: 741,386
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
- #13 most common country of origin

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#17. Venezuela

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 480
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

National
- Number of residents: 349,720
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #27 most common country of origin

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#16. Ukraine

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 496
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

National
- Number of residents: 345,250
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #28 most common country of origin

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#15. Cuba

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 504
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

National
- Number of residents: 1,289,875
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%
- #7 most common country of origin

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#14. Pakistan

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 775
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

National
- Number of residents: 376,127
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #25 most common country of origin

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#13. Canada

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 789
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

National
- Number of residents: 808,566
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%
- #11 most common country of origin

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#12. Germany

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 869
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

National
- Number of residents: 560,368
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%
- #17 most common country of origin

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#11. Kenya

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 877
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

National
- Number of residents: 141,751
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #48 most common country of origin

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#10. Philippines

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,007
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

National
- Number of residents: 1,983,939
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%
- #4 most common country of origin

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#9. Guatemala

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,138
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

National
- Number of residents: 979,098
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%
- #10 most common country of origin

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#8. United Kingdom

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,146
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

National
- Number of residents: 698,612
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%
- #14 most common country of origin

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#7. El Salvador

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,204
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

National
- Number of residents: 1,381,008
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
- #5 most common country of origin

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#6. South Korea

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,319
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

National
- Number of residents: 1,044,634
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%
- #9 most common country of origin

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#5. Honduras

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,532
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

National
- Number of residents: 651,123
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%
- #16 most common country of origin

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#4. Vietnam

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,541
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

National
- Number of residents: 1,336,988
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%
- #6 most common country of origin

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#3. China

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,693
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.9%

National
- Number of residents: 2,162,395
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.9%
- #3 most common country of origin

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#2. India

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,226
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.1%

National
- Number of residents: 2,561,906
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.8%
- #2 most common country of origin

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#1. Mexico

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15,577
- Percent of foreign born residents: 34.4%

National
- Number of residents: 11,250,541
- Percent of foreign born residents: 25.6%
- #1 most common country of origin

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