Biggest sources of immigrants to Raleigh

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Raleigh

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

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 477
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Ghana

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 512
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Chile

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 514
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Democratic Republic of Congo

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 550
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46. Romania

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 559
- 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. Trinidad and Tobago

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 624
- 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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#44. Nicaragua

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 644
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#43. Argentina

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 661
- 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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#42. Ecuador

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 667
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#41. Panama

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 677
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#40. Turkey

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 694
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#39. Sierra Leone

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 773
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 40,991
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #94 most common country of origin

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#38. Italy

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 808
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#37. Japan

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 809
- 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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#36. Bangladesh

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 812
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#35. France

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 815
- 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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#34. Haiti

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 824
- 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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#33. South Africa

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 832
- 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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#32. Peru

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 899
- 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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#31. Ukraine

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 912
- 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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#30. Poland

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 928
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#29. Ethiopia

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 932
- 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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#28. Brazil

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 950
- 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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#27. Morocco

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,033
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#26. Cuba

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,242
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#25. Congo

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,244
- 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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#24. Taiwan

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,247
- 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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#23. Pakistan

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,322
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#22. Iran

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,409
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#21. Egypt

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,424
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#20. Nepal

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,500
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#19. Venezuela

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,569
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#18. Kenya

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,638
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#17. Jamaica

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,685
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#16. Russia

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,807
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#15. Guatemala

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,813
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#14. Colombia

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,118
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#13. Germany

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,243
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#12. Dominican Republic

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,537
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#11. Nigeria

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,615
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#10. South Korea

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,858
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#9. Philippines

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,425
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#8. United Kingdom

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,262
- 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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#7. Vietnam

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,589
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#6. Canada

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,707
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#5. Honduras

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,891
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

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

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#4. El Salvador

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,515
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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. China

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,420
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%

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

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 26,925
- Percent of foreign born residents: 16.5%

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

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 34,526
- Percent of foreign born residents: 21.1%

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

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