Biggest sources of immigrants to Portland, Oregon

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October 3, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Portland, Oregon

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 806
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 807
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. South Africa

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 825
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Honduras

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 852
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46. Chile

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 893
- 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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#45. Belarus

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 930
- 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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#43 (tie). Indonesia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 997
- 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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#43 (tie). Poland

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 997
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#42. Colombia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,005
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#41. Ireland

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,015
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#40. Malaysia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,017
- 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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#39. Venezuela

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,032
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#38. Kenya

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,158
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#37. Egypt

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,233
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#36. Moldova

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,325
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Australia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,337
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 92,483
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #64 most common country of origin

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#34. Burma

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,453
- 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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#33. France

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,524
- 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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#32. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,540
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31. Netherlands

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,550
- 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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#30. Peru

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,575
- 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. Kazakhstan

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,596
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#28. Brazil

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,760
- 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. Iraq

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,830
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#26. Somalia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,954
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#25. Fiji

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,031
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 47,004
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #86 most common country of origin

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#24. Cuba

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,060
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#23. Hong Kong

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,115
- 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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#22. Micronesia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,242
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 28,315
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #109 most common country of origin

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#21. Thailand

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,906
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#20. Cambodia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,154
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#19. Taiwan

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,224
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#18. Laos

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,233
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#17. El Salvador

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,386
- 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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#16. Ethiopia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,430
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#15. Iran

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,886
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#14. Romania

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,749
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#13. Japan

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,401
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#12. Germany

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,535
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#11. Guatemala

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,666
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#10. Russia

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,472
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

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#9. United Kingdom

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,612
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

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

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#8. Canada

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,942
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#7. South Korea

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,690
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#6. Philippines

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,876
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.8%

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

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#5. Ukraine

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,149
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%

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

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#4. India

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17,436
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.6%

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

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#3. China

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17,840
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.8%

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. Vietnam

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 22,122
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.2%

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

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#1. Mexico

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 76,836
- Percent of foreign born residents: 24.8%

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

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