Biggest sources of immigrants to Columbus

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Columbus

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 Columbus come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Columbus 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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#30. Ecuador

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 87
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#29. Nepal

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 96
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#28. Trinidad and Tobago

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 105
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#27. Ghana

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 106
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. France

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 109
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Pakistan

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 121
- 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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#24. Guyana

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 144
- 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. Vietnam

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 145
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#22. Russia

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 153
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#21. Nicaragua

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 160
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Cuba

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 163
- 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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#19. Nigeria

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 207
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#18. Japan

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 212
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#16 (tie). Dominican Republic

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 215
- 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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#16 (tie). Brazil

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 215
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#14 (tie). United Kingdom

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 221
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14 (tie). Canada

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 221
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#13. Haiti

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 259
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#12. Honduras

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 309
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#11. China

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 333
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#10. Jamaica

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 366
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#9. El Salvador

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 438
- 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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#8. Colombia

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 597
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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

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#7. Panama

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 672
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.1%

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

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#6. Philippines

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 709
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.4%

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

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#5. South Korea

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 840
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.2%

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

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#4. Guatemala

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,099
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.8%

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

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#3. India

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,438
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.9%

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

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#2. Germany

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,647
- Percent of foreign born residents: 10.1%

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

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#1. Mexico

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,434
- Percent of foreign born residents: 15.0%

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

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