Biggest sources of immigrants to Providence

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Providence

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

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 484
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#49. Romania

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 509
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#47 (tie). Kenya

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 615
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47 (tie). Trinidad and Tobago

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 615
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46. Hong Kong

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 616
- 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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#45. Taiwan

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 628
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Ukraine

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 695
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#43. Venezuela

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 755
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42. Senegal

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 781
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 26,122
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #112 most common country of origin

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#41. Japan

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 815
- 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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#40. Peru

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 835
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#39. Cuba

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 838
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#38. France

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 852
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 181,554
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #41 most common country of origin

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#37. Greece

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 920
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#36. Dominica

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 926
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 34,308
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #100 most common country of origin

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#35. Syria

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 935
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#34. Egypt

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 981
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#33. Ireland

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,046
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#32. Thailand

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,145
- 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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#31. Pakistan

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#30. Lebanon

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,218
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#29. Ecuador

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,241
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#28. Russia

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,330
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#27. Vietnam

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,420
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. South Korea

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,467
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Poland

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,518
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#24. Jamaica

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,636
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#23. Laos

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,924
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#22. Bolivia

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,951
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

National
- Number of residents: 78,927
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #72 most common country of origin

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#21. Germany

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,065
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Honduras

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,251
- 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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#19. Liberia

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,256
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#18. Philippines

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,309
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#17. Italy

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,950
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#16. Nigeria

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,261
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#15. Cambodia

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#14. Canada

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,714
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#13. United Kingdom

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#12. Mexico

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,990
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#11. El Salvador

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,240
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#10. Brazil

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,820
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#9. Haiti

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,969
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#8. Colombia

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,289
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#7. China

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,699
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%

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

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#6. India

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,697
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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. Cabo Verde

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,185
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.7%

National
- Number of residents: 41,085
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #93 most common country of origin

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#4. Azores Islands

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,285
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.2%

National
- Number of residents: 27,773
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #110 most common country of origin

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#3. Guatemala

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 15,169
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.0%

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

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#2. Dominican Republic

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 27,536
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.8%

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

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#1. Portugal

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 48,022
- Percent of foreign born residents: 22.3%

National
- Number of residents: 171,118
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #44 most common country of origin

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