Biggest sources of immigrants to Buffalo

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Buffalo

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 340
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 191,452
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #40 most common country of origin

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#49. Jordan

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 343
- 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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#48. Belarus

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 356
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#47. Ecuador

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 361
- 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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#46. Ireland

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 121,469
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #53 most common country of origin

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#45. Kenya

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 367
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#44. Hong Kong

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 374
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#43. Israel

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 377
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#42. Saudi Arabia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 378
- 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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#41. France

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 388
- 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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#40. Malaysia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 400
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 76,521
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #74 most common country of origin

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#39. Japan

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 404
- 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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#38. Trinidad and Tobago

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 413
- 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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#37. Guatemala

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 432
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#36. Brazil

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 453
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#35. Eritrea

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 477
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 45,119
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #90 most common country of origin

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#34. Ethiopia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 484
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#33. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 485
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#32. Cuba

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 523
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#31. Taiwan

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 545
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#30. Syria

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 560
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#29. Nigeria

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 593
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#28. Lebanon

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 714
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

National
- Number of residents: 121,697
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #52 most common country of origin

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#27. Iran

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 719
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#26. Somalia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 760
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#25. Guyana

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 779
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#24. Nepal

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 807
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#23. Colombia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 909
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#22. Ukraine

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 961
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#21. Mexico

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 974
- 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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#20. Russia

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,101
- 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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#19. Democratic Republic of Congo

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,152
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#18. Philippines

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,168
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#17. Vietnam

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,261
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#16. Dominican Republic

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,288
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#15. Pakistan

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,371
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#14. Thailand

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,469
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#13. South Korea

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,723
- 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

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#12. United Kingdom

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,961
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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

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#11. Poland

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,995
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#10. Iraq

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,997
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#9. Yemen

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,010
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#8. Burma

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,061
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#7. Germany

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,314
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#6. Jamaica

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,404
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#5. Bangladesh

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,467
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.3%

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

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#4. Italy

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,723
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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

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#3. China

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,287
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.8%

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. India

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,253
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.1%

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

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#1. Canada

Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,783
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.8%

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

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