Biggest sources of immigrants to Cleveland

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Cleveland

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 530
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#49. Brazil

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 556
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#48. Hong Kong

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 558
- 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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#47. Guyana

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 561
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#46. Kuwait

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 573
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 33,788
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #102 most common country of origin

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#45. Lithuania

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 581
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 32,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #104 most common country of origin

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#44. Thailand

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 605
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#43. Cambodia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 628
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#41 (tie). Honduras

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 629
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#41 (tie). Japan

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 629
- 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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#40. Iraq

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 654
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#39. Ireland

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 702
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#38. Colombia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 717
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#37. Jordan

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 718
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 81,155
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #71 most common country of origin

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#36. Israel

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 721
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#35. Ghana

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 730
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#34. Saudi Arabia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 764
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 85,000
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #70 most common country of origin

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#33. Taiwan

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 776
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#32. Iran

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 853
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#31. Serbia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 861
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 37,570
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #96 most common country of origin

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#30. Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 874
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#29. Nigeria

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 933
- 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. Nepal

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 989
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#27. Guatemala

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,003
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#26. Syria

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,214
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#25. Peru

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,345
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#24. Greece

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,358
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#23. El Salvador

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,407
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#22. Egypt

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,496
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#21. Dominican Republic

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,643
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#20. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,723
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#19. Hungary

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,726
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#18. Croatia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,814
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

National
- Number of residents: 37,176
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #97 most common country of origin

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#17. Lebanon

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,836
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#16. Albania

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,851
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#15. Jamaica

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,877
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#14. Vietnam

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,282
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#13. South Korea

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,506
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,615
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,872
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#10. Philippines

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,093
- 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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#9. Russia

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,356
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#8. Italy

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,588
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#7. Canada

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,612
- 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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#6. Germany

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,008
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#5. Romania

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,629
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.8%

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

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#4. Ukraine

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,495
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.3%

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

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#3. Mexico

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,681
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%

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

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#2. China

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,792
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.5%

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

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#1. India

Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,082
- Percent of foreign born residents: 9.8%

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

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