Biggest sources of immigrants to Rockford

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Rockford

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 Rockford come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Rockford 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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#40. Haiti

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 94
- 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

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#39. Argentina

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 105
- 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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#38. Norway

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 106
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 23,343
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #116 most common country of origin

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#37. Romania

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 112
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#36. Ecuador

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 122
- 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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#34 (tie). Ukraine

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 127
- 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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#34 (tie). Serbia

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 127
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#33. Russia

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 136
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31 (tie). France

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 140
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31 (tie). North Macedonia (Macedonia)

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 140
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 26,292
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #111 most common country of origin

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#30. Nigeria

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 141
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#29. Colombia

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 145
- 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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#27 (tie). Honduras

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 160
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#27 (tie). Japan

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 160
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#26. Saudi Arabia

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#25. Syria

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 172
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#24. Democratic Republic of Congo

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 176
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 43,723
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #91 most common country of origin

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#23. Jordan

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 180
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#22. Yemen

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 204
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 54,152
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #82 most common country of origin

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#21. Burma

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 252
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#20. Kenya

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 259
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#19. South Korea

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 279
- 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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#18. Brazil

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 290
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#17. Thailand

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 294
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#16. Guatemala

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 314
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#15. Cuba

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 320
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#14. Vietnam

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 322
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#13. Iraq

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 346
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#12. Canada

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 358
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#11. Pakistan

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 361
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#10. Italy

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 409
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#9. United Kingdom

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 546
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#8. Laos

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 577
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#7. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 595
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#6. China

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 628
- 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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#5. Germany

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 636
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#4. Poland

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 645
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#3. India

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,041
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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. Philippines

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,299
- 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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#1. Mexico

Rockford, IL Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,024
- Percent of foreign born residents: 47.7%

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

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