Biggest sources of immigrants to Columbia

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Columbia

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

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 121
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Bolivia

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 127
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Costa Rica

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 132
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 88,084
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #66 most common country of origin

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#47. Lebanon

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 143
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46. Italy

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 146
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#45. Netherlands

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 147
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 85,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #69 most common country of origin

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#44. Turkey

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 150
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#43. Poland

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 162
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42. Spain

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 183
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 115,113
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #55 most common country of origin

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#41. Peru

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 185
- 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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#40. Kazakhstan

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 188
- 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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#39. Venezuela

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 189
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#38. Senegal

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 192
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#37. Romania

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 193
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#36. France

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 196
- 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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#35. Trinidad and Tobago

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 219
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#34. Iraq

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 222
- 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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#32 (tie). Ukraine

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 228
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#32 (tie). South Africa

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 228
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 233
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#30. Ecuador

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 247
- 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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#29. Taiwan

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 249
- 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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#28. Dominican Republic

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 263
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#27. Kenya

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 276
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. Haiti

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 291
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Iran

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 306
- 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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#24. El Salvador

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 316
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#23. Brazil

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 317
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#22. Liberia

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 330
- 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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#21. Japan

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 331
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#20. Nigeria

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 365
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#19. Cuba

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 373
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#18. Burma

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 384
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

National
- Number of residents: 147,573
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #47 most common country of origin

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#17. Ethiopia

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 407
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#16. Panama

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 525
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

National
- Number of residents: 103,299
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #58 most common country of origin

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#15. Thailand

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 569
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14. Russia

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 626
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#13. Colombia

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 884
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#12. Jamaica

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 896
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#11. United Kingdom

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,025
- 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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#10. Canada

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,094
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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

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#9. Vietnam

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,156
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#8. Guatemala

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,567
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.8%

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

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#7. South Korea

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,622
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.9%

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. Germany

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,740
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.2%

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

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#5. Philippines

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,799
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%

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

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#4. Honduras

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,810
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.4%

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

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#3. China

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,937
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.7%

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. India

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,439
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.3%

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

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#1. Mexico

Columbia, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,173
- Percent of foreign born residents: 22.1%

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

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