Biggest sources of immigrants to Erie

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Erie

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 Erie come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Erie 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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#30. Liberia

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 94
- 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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#29. Belarus

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 96
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 63,642
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #78 most common country of origin

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#27 (tie). Pakistan

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 97
- 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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#27 (tie). Zimbabwe

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 97
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 24,144
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #114 most common country of origin

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#26. Colombia

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 99
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#25. Greece

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 110
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#24. Afghanistan

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 114
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

National
- Number of residents: 101,548
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #59 most common country of origin

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#23. Honduras

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 122
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#22. Syria

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 125
- 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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#21. Sudan

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 139
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

National
- Number of residents: 46,716
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #87 most common country of origin

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#19 (tie). Dominican Republic

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 157
- 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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#19 (tie). Poland

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 157
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#18. Italy

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 158
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#17. South Korea

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 168
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#16. United Kingdom

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 176
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#15. Philippines

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 197
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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. El Salvador

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 225
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#13. Guatemala

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 240
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#12. Vietnam

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 249
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#11. Saudi Arabia

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 304
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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

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#10. Russia

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 366
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#9. Germany

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 400
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#8. Canada

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 409
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#7. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 543
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.6%

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

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#6. India

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 593
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.0%

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

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#5. Iraq

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 624
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.2%

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

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#4. Mexico

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 625
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.2%

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

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#3. Ukraine

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 632
- 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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#2. Nepal

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 641
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%

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

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#1. China

Erie, PA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 775
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.5%

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

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