Biggest sources of immigrants to Portland, Maine

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Portland, Maine

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 Portland, Maine come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Portland 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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#49 (tie). Laos

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 99
- 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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#49 (tie). Morocco

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 99
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 78,439
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #73 most common country of origin

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#48. Liberia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 104
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#47. Haiti

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 107
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#46. Israel

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 109
- 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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#45. Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 112
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#44. Cuba

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 114
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#43. Jordan

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 118
- 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

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#42. Argentina

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 119
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#41. Syria

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 122
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#39. Afghanistan

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 126
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 101,548
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #59 most common country of origin

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#39. France

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 126
- 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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#39. Pakistan

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 126
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#36 (tie). Colombia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 142
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#36 (tie). Indonesia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 142
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#35. Portugal

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 146
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 171,118
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #44 most common country of origin

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#34. Ukraine

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 148
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#33. Romania

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 150
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#32. Ethiopia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 156
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#31. Congo

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 163
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 30,496
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #106 most common country of origin

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#30. Greece

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 175
- 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

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#29. Guatemala

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 212
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#28. Peru

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 214
- 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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#27. Dominican Republic

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 226
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#26. Japan

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 233
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#25. Italy

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 240
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#24. Netherlands

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 244
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

National
- Number of residents: 85,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #69 most common country of origin

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#23. Australia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 247
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#22. El Salvador

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 259
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#21. Sudan

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 303
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

National
- Number of residents: 46,716
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #87 most common country of origin

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#20. Thailand

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 313
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#19. Poland

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 314
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#18. Jamaica

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 318
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#17. Mexico

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 333
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#16. Bulgaria

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 334
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#15. Brazil

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 351
- 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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#14. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#13. Russia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 383
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#12. South Korea

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 569
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#11. Somalia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 673
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

National
- Number of residents: 98,966
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #60 most common country of origin

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#10. Democratic Republic of Congo

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 784
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

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

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#9. Iraq

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 825
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#8. Vietnam

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 839
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.3%

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

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#7. Germany

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#6. Cambodia

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 948
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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

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#5. Philippines

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,038
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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

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#4. India

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,051
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.1%

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

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#3. China

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,133
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.4%

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

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#2. United Kingdom

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%

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

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#1. Canada

Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,173
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.3%

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

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