Biggest sources of immigrants to Atlanta

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Atlanta

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,331
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Nicaragua

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,387
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Cameroon

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,427
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 60,120
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #80 most common country of origin

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#47. Egypt

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,471
- 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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#46. France

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,624
- 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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#45. Israel

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,860
- 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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#44. Ecuador

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,869
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#43. Nepal

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,078
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42. Panama

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,085
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#41. Ukraine

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,167
- 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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#40. Laos

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,265
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#39. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,315
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 103,938
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #57 most common country of origin

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#38. Burma

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,423
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#37. Iraq

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,653
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#36. Liberia

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,661
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 87,991
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #67 most common country of origin

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#34 (tie). Thailand

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,780
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#34 (tie). South Africa

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,780
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#33. Taiwan

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,969
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#32. Romania

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,394
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#31. Iran

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,419
- 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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#30. Kenya

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,559
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#29. Japan

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,634
- 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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#28. Peru

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,922
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#27. Trinidad and Tobago

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,116
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 230,035
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #37 most common country of origin

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#26. Russia

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,476
- 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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#25. Bangladesh

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,797
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#24. Guyana

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,420
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#23. Cuba

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,852
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#22. Germany

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,749
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#21. Venezuela

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,104
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#20. Ghana

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,168
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

National
- Number of residents: 178,388
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #43 most common country of origin

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#19. Pakistan

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,450
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#18. Dominican Republic

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,698
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#17. Philippines

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,703
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#16. Brazil

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,327
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#15. Haiti

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,428
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#14. Canada

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,400
- 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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#13. Ethiopia

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,896
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#12. United Kingdom

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,595
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#11. Honduras

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,775
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#10. Colombia

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 18,345
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#9. El Salvador

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19,510
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

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#8. Guatemala

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 21,764
- 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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#7. Nigeria

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 22,230
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#6. China

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 27,982
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#5. Vietnam

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 33,684
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.2%

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

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#4. South Korea

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 33,691
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.2%

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

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#3. Jamaica

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 37,324
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.6%

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

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#2. India

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 82,358
- Percent of foreign born residents: 10.2%

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

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#1. Mexico

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 150,994
- Percent of foreign born residents: 18.6%

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

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