Biggest sources of immigrants to Charlotte

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Charlotte

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 808
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 103,299
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #58 most common country of origin

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#49. Greece

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 812
- 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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#48. Egypt

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 814
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Cambodia

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 828
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46. Romania

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 832
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#45. Taiwan

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 846
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Lebanon

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 923
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42 (tie). Trinidad and Tobago

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 998
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42 (tie). Pakistan

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 998
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#41. Argentina

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,035
- 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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#40. Italy

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,127
- 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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#39. Poland

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,189
- 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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#38. Haiti

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,209
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#37. Burma

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,399
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#36. South Africa

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,404
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#35. Nicaragua

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,418
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 251,913
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #33 most common country of origin

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#34. Japan

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,498
- 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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#33. Nepal

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,532
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#32. Iran

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,568
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#31. Thailand

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,586
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#30. Democratic Republic of Congo

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,595
- 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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#29. Costa Rica

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,761
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#28. Ethiopia

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,783
- 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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#27. Ghana

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,874
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 178,388
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #43 most common country of origin

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#26. Congo

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,935
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#25. Nigeria

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,007
- 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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#24. Liberia

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,020
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#23. Russia

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,337
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#22. Laos

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,366
- 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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#21. Venezuela

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,445
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#20. Ukraine

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,644
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#19. South Korea

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,000
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#18. Brazil

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,295
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#17. Peru

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,434
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

National
- Number of residents: 451,076
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #18 most common country of origin

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#16. Jamaica

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,537
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#15. Philippines

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,632
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14. Cuba

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,015
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#13. Germany

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,270
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#12. Ecuador

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,594
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#11. Dominican Republic

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,122
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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. Canada

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,228
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#9. Guatemala

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,351
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#8. United Kingdom

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,681
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#7. China

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,304
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

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#6. Colombia

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,404
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

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

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#5. Vietnam

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,096
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#4. El Salvador

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,480
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%

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

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#3. Honduras

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,537
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.3%

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

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#2. India

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 30,053
- Percent of foreign born residents: 11.7%

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. Mexico

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 52,802
- Percent of foreign born residents: 20.5%

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

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