Biggest sources of immigrants to Rochester

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Rochester

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

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 338
- 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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#49. Hong Kong

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 352
- 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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#48. Netherlands

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

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

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#47. Trinidad and Tobago

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

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

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#46. Kenya

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 399
- 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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#45. Japan

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 430
- 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

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#44. North Macedonia (Macedonia)

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 447
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#43. Hungary

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 466
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 65,873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #77 most common country of origin

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#42. Bangladesh

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 470
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#41. Belarus

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 481
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#40. Albania

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 493
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#38 (tie). Colombia

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 494
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#38 (tie). Eritrea

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 494
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#37. Egypt

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 500
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#36. Guyana

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 533
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#35. Nigeria

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 541
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#34. Israel

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 556
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#33. Yemen

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#32. Somalia

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 585
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#31. Taiwan

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 591
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#30. Iraq

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 602
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#29. Brazil

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 620
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#28. Thailand

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 630
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#27. Ecuador

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 642
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#26. Guatemala

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 670
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#25. Laos

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 698
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#24. France

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 713
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#23. Greece

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 767
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#22. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 825
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#21. Pakistan

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 948
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#20. Nepal

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,125
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#19. Haiti

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,130
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#18. Poland

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,203
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#17. Ethiopia

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,253
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#16. Russia

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,281
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#15. Turkey

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,349
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

National
- Number of residents: 119,380
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #54 most common country of origin

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#14. Mexico

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,749
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#13. Philippines

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,855
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

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

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#12. South Korea

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,902
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

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. Dominican Republic

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,029
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#10. Vietnam

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,172
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#9. Cuba

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,186
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#8. Germany

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,273
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

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

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#7. United Kingdom

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,569
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#6. Ukraine

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,589
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#5. Jamaica

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,623
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#4. Canada

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,019
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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

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#3. Italy

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,514
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.7%

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

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#2. India

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,771
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.3%

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. China

Rochester, NY Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,789
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.3%

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

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