Biggest sources of immigrants to Asheville

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Asheville

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

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 64
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 30,388
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #107 most common country of origin

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#49 (tie). Austria

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 64
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 43,103
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #92 most common country of origin

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#48. Malaysia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 66
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Sweden

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 68
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 47,286
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #85 most common country of origin

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#46. Denmark

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 71
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 30,192
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #108 most common country of origin

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#45. Indonesia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 72
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Greece

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 78
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#43. Latvia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 84
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 23,372
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #115 most common country of origin

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#42. Belarus

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 85
- 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

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#41. Uruguay

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 87
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 46,635
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #88 most common country of origin

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#40. Switzerland

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 102
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 37,943
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #95 most common country of origin

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#39. Costa Rica

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 105
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 88,084
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #66 most common country of origin

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#38. Laos

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 108
- 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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#37. Israel

Asheville, NC 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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#36. Cambodia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 110
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Italy

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 116
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#33 (tie). Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 128
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#33 (tie). Poland

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 128
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#32. Ecuador

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 129
- 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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#30 (tie). Spain

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 142
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 115,113
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #55 most common country of origin

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#30 (tie). Peru

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 142
- 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

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#29. Ireland

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 143
- 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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#28. Chile

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 151
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 98,945
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #61 most common country of origin

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#27. Argentina

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 160
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#25 (tie). Hong Kong

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 174
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25 (tie). South Africa

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 174
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 104,022
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #56 most common country of origin

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#24. Japan

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 197
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#23. France

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 213
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#22. Romania

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 251
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#21. Vietnam

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 268
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Cuba

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 270
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#19. South Korea

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 276
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 375
- 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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#17. Venezuela

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 390
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#16. Dominican Republic

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 406
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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. Jamaica

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 450
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#14. India

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 476
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#13. Honduras

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 553
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#12. Russia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 582
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#11. Moldova

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 656
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

National
- Number of residents: 45,661
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #89 most common country of origin

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#10. Colombia

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 740
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#9. El Salvador

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 769
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#8. Philippines

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 788
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

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

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#7. Guatemala

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 817
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#6. China

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 828
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,045
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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

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#4. Canada

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,082
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.1%

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

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#3. Ukraine

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,091
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.2%

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

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#2. United Kingdom

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,173
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%

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

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#1. Mexico

Asheville, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,339
- Percent of foreign born residents: 31.8%

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

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