Biggest sources of immigrants to Los Angeles

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Los Angeles 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. Jamaica

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,472
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%

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

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#49. Sri Lanka

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,677
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#48. Chile

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,991
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 98,945
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #61 most common country of origin

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#47. Ethiopia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,283
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 249,777
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #34 most common country of origin

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#46. Australia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,329
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#45. Turkey

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,379
- 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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#44. Bangladesh

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,388
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#43. Burma

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,622
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 147,573
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #47 most common country of origin

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#42. South Africa

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,684
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#41. Poland

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,713
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 410,841
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #21 most common country of origin

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#40. Iraq

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,205
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 225,038
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #38 most common country of origin

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#39. Romania

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,499
- 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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#38. Italy

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,216
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#37. Nigeria

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,660
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#36. Ecuador

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,603
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#35. Pakistan

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,699
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#34. Belize

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,872
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#33. France

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,236
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#32. Syria

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15,286
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 95,802
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #63 most common country of origin

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#31. Brazil

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15,705
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#30. Israel

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 16,738
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 135,672
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #50 most common country of origin

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#29. Ukraine

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17,151
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#28. Argentina

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17,967
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#27. Indonesia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 18,399
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#26. Lebanon

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19,797
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#25. Cuba

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#24. Egypt

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 20,651
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#23. Colombia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 22,518
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#22. Germany

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 22,823
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#21. Russia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 24,274
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#20. Nicaragua

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 25,360
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#19. Thailand

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 25,983
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#18. Cambodia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 27,323
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#17. Hong Kong

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 32,511
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 231,275
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #36 most common country of origin

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#16. Peru

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 33,025
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#15. Honduras

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 37,517
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#14. Canada

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 42,383
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#13. United Kingdom

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 43,982
- 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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#12. Japan

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 49,003
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#11. Armenia

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 64,752
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

National
- Number of residents: 86,804
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #68 most common country of origin

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#10. Taiwan

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 91,356
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#9. India

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 95,523
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#8. Iran

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 137,948
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#7. Guatemala

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 189,138
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%

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

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#6. South Korea

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 210,643
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.8%

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. China

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 237,086
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%

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

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#4. Vietnam

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 246,113
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.6%

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. El Salvador

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 287,828
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.6%

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

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#2. Philippines

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 295,310
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.7%

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

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#1. Mexico

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,600,293
- Percent of foreign born residents: 36.5%

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

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