Biggest sources of immigrants to Illinois

Written by:
May 9, 2022
Kobby Dagan // Shutterstock

Biggest sources of immigrants to Illinois

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 biggest sources of immigrants to Illinois using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Keep reading to find out more about the immigrant community in your home state.

1 / 50
dronepicr // Flickr

#50. Belize

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,313
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

2 / 50
Evgeniya Uvarova // Shutterstock

#49. Argentina

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,394
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

3 / 50
Pixabay

#48. Turkey

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,401
- 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

4 / 50
Kendra Helmer // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Haiti

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,616
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

5 / 50
agchinook // Shutterstock

#46. Venezuela

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,673
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

6 / 50
RossHelen // Shutterstock

#45. Albania

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,695
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 89,911
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #65 most common country of origin

7 / 50
Wikimedia Commons

#44. Israel

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,763
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

8 / 50
Tupungato // Shutterstock

#43. France

Illinois
- Number of residents: 4,934
- 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

9 / 50
kirkandmimi // Pixabay

#42. Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Illinois
- Number of residents: 5,159
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 66,818
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #76 most common country of origin

10 / 50
Henrik Palm // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Belarus

Illinois
- Number of residents: 5,401
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 63,642
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #78 most common country of origin

11 / 50
Diego Delso // Wikimedia Commons

#40. Hong Kong

Illinois
- Number of residents: 5,705
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

12 / 50
Prin Adulyatham // Shutterstock

#39. Egypt

Illinois
- Number of residents: 6,185
- 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

13 / 50
Nataliya Nazarova // Shutterstock

#38. Serbia

Illinois
- Number of residents: 6,242
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 37,570
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #96 most common country of origin

14 / 50
Ninara // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Iran

Illinois
- Number of residents: 6,541
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

15 / 50
Catarina Belova // Shutterstock

#36. Brazil

Illinois
- Number of residents: 6,818
- 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

16 / 50
Jack Bkk // Shutterstock

#35. Thailand

Illinois
- Number of residents: 7,209
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

17 / 50
byvalet // Shutterstock

#34. Jamaica

Illinois
- Number of residents: 7,409
- 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

18 / 50
PIxabay

#33. Taiwan

Illinois
- Number of residents: 7,686
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

19 / 50
Bernard Gagnon // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Syria

Illinois
- Number of residents: 7,712
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

20 / 50
Rjruiziii // Wikicommons

#31. Ghana

Illinois
- Number of residents: 7,731
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

21 / 50
Falkenpost // Pixabay

#30. Cuba

Illinois
- Number of residents: 8,115
- 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

22 / 50
Christian Vinces // Shutterstock

#29. Peru

Illinois
- Number of residents: 8,157
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

23 / 50
neshom // Pixabay

#28. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Illinois
- Number of residents: 9,336
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

24 / 50
Sergei25 // Shutterstock

#27. Jordan

Illinois
- Number of residents: 9,878
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

25 / 50
3dman_eu

#26. Lithuania

Illinois
- Number of residents: 9,994
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 32,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #104 most common country of origin

26 / 50
Marek Poplawski // Shutterstock

#25. Honduras

Illinois
- Number of residents: 11,091
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

27 / 50
JMRAFFi // Wikimedia Commons

#24. El Salvador

Illinois
- Number of residents: 11,225
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

28 / 50
Unsplash

#23. Japan

Illinois
- Number of residents: 11,672
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

29 / 50
GoodFreePhotos

#22. Bulgaria

Illinois
- Number of residents: 12,768
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 69,765
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #75 most common country of origin

30 / 50
Juan P. Verni // Flickr

#21. Greece

Illinois
- Number of residents: 13,218
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

31 / 50
USACE HQ , JIM GORDAN, CIV, USACE // Wikicommons

#20. Iraq

Illinois
- Number of residents: 13,430
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

32 / 50
Alexander Canas Arango // Shutterstock

#19. Colombia

Illinois
- Number of residents: 14,278
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

33 / 50
Augustin Lazaroiu // Shutterstock

#18. Romania

Illinois
- Number of residents: 15,690
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

34 / 50
Viacheslav Lopatin // Shutterstock

#17. Russia

Illinois
- Number of residents: 17,376
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

35 / 50
OpenUpEd // Flickr

#16. Nigeria

Illinois
- Number of residents: 17,443
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

36 / 50
Unsplash

#15. Canada

Illinois
- Number of residents: 17,933
- 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

37 / 50
Michael Shade // Wikicommons

#14. Ecuador

Illinois
- Number of residents: 17,992
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

38 / 50
Pixabay

#13. Italy

Illinois
- Number of residents: 18,766
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

39 / 50
User:Colin // Wikimedia Commons

#12. United Kingdom

Illinois
- Number of residents: 19,070
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

40 / 50
Max Pixel

#11. Germany

Illinois
- Number of residents: 20,802
- 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

41 / 50
Quangpraha // Pixabay

#10. Vietnam

Illinois
- Number of residents: 22,656
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

42 / 50
Unsplash

#9. Ukraine

Illinois
- Number of residents: 26,168
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

43 / 50
Kobby Dagan // Shutterstock

#8. Guatemala

Illinois
- Number of residents: 27,425
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

44 / 50
Saqib Rizvi // Shutterstock

#7. Pakistan

Illinois
- Number of residents: 28,909
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

45 / 50
Kys951 // Wikimedia Commons

#6. South Korea

Illinois
- Number of residents: 40,596
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

46 / 50
Sean Pavone // Shutterstock

#5. China

Illinois
- Number of residents: 77,764
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%

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

47 / 50
Joseph Oropel // Shutterstock

#4. Philippines

Illinois
- Number of residents: 88,719
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.9%

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

48 / 50
Nahlik // Shutterstock

#3. Poland

Illinois
- Number of residents: 127,656
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.1%

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

49 / 50
Kriangkrai Thitimakorn // Shutterstock

#2. India

Illinois
- Number of residents: 159,663
- 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

50 / 50
Arturo Chavez // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Mexico

Illinois
- Number of residents: 640,004
- Percent of foreign born residents: 35.6%

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

Trending Now