Biggest sources of immigrants to Philadelphia

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Philadelphia

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

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,652
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#49. Romania

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,708
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#48. Argentina

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,804
- 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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#47. Japan

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,805
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#46. Hong Kong

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,939
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#45. Sierra Leone

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,979
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#44. Israel

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,003
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#43. France

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,037
- 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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#42. Indonesia

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,051
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 96,229
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #62 most common country of origin

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#41. Iran

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,258
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#40. Cuba

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,305
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#39. Morocco

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,461
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#38. Peru

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,554
- 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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#37. Kenya

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,732
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#36. Guyana

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,794
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#35. Ireland

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,802
- 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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#34. Egypt

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,196
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#33. Greece

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,710
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#32. Turkey

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,991
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#31. Taiwan

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,997
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#30. Ecuador

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,298
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#29. Honduras

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,489
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#28. El Salvador

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,969
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#27. Ghana

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,129
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#26. Trinidad and Tobago

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,284
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#25. Cambodia

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,442
- 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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#24. Albania

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,662
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#23. Poland

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,518
- 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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#22. Pakistan

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,623
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#21. Bangladesh

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,747
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#20. Nigeria

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,072
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#19. Guatemala

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,128
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#18. Brazil

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,180
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#17. Colombia

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,337
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#16. Russia

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,347
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#15. Canada

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,389
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14. Germany

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,764
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#13. Italy

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,803
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#12. Liberia

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,699
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#11. United Kingdom

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,896
- 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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#10. Haiti

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,328
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#9. Ukraine

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15,547
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#8. Philippines

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19,287
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#7. Jamaica

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 20,880
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#6. South Korea

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 23,663
- 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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#5. Vietnam

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 24,528
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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. Dominican Republic

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 29,536
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.4%

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

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#3. China

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 47,219
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.1%

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. Mexico

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 51,943
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.8%

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

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#1. India

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area
- Number of residents: 84,583
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.7%

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

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