Biggest sources of immigrants to Fort Smith

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Fort Smith

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 Fort Smith come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Fort Smith 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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#50. Austria

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 0
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.0%

National
- Number of residents: 43,103
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #92 most common country of origin

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#49. Nicaragua

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.0%

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

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#48. Belize

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.0%

National
- Number of residents: 48,869
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #84 most common country of origin

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#47. Fiji

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.0%

National
- Number of residents: 47,004
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #86 most common country of origin

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#46. Sweden

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.0%

National
- Number of residents: 47,286
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #85 most common country of origin

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#44 (tie). Ecuador

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 438,474
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #19 most common country of origin

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#44 (tie). South Africa

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#43. Malaysia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 76,521
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #74 most common country of origin

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#42. Belgium

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 35,220
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #98 most common country of origin

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#40 (tie). Hungary

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 65,873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #77 most common country of origin

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#40 (tie). Venezuela

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#39. Ukraine

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 18
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#38. France

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#35 (tie). Australia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 21
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 92,483
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #64 most common country of origin

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#35 (tie). Panama

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 21
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#35 (tie). Peru

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 21
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#35 (tie). Indonesia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 21
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

National
- Number of residents: 96,229
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #62 most common country of origin

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#33. Morocco

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 25
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 78,439
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #73 most common country of origin

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#32. Italy

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 30
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#31. Netherlands

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 33
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 85,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #69 most common country of origin

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#29 (tie). Iran

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 36
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#29 (tie). Colombia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 36
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#28. Egypt

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 37
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#27. Russia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 50
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#26. Jamaica

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 52
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#25. Saudi Arabia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 61
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 85,000
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #70 most common country of origin

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#23 (tie). Denmark

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 62
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 30,192
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #108 most common country of origin

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#23 (tie). Jordan

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 62
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 81,155
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #71 most common country of origin

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#22. Cambodia

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 65
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 151,066
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #46 most common country of origin

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#21. Haiti

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 66
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 672,655
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%
- #15 most common country of origin

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#20. Spain

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 68
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#19. China

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 81
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#18. Costa Rica

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 92
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#17. Cuba

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 98
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#16. Pakistan

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 106
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#15. Brazil

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 112
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#14. Canada

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 136
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#13. South Korea

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 138
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#12. United Kingdom

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 145
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#11. India

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 153
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#10. Germany

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 170
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#9. Japan

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 212
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#8. Honduras

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 311
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#7. Thailand

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 333
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#6. Guatemala

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 400
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#5. Philippines

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 474
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#4. Laos

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,252
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.5%

National
- Number of residents: 181,546
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #42 most common country of origin

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#3. Vietnam

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,630
- Percent of foreign born residents: 11.0%

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

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#2. El Salvador

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,556
- Percent of foreign born residents: 17.3%

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

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#1. Mexico

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 36.2%

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

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