Biggest sources of immigrants to Greenville

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April 21, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Greenville

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

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 147
- 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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#49. Israel

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 154
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Lebanon

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 161
- 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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#47. Nicaragua

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 165
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 251,913
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #33 most common country of origin

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#46. Haiti

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 173
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#45. Australia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 174
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#43 (tie). Romania

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 175
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#43 (tie). Ethiopia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 175
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#42. Argentina

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 189
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 194,435
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #39 most common country of origin

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#41. Ireland

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 194
- 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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#39. Malaysia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 197
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 76,521
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #74 most common country of origin

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#39. Spain

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 197
- 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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#39. Bangladesh

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 197
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#37. Thailand

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 198
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#36. Jamaica

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 208
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Italy

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 216
- 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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#34. South Africa

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 217
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#33. Panama

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 233
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#32. Micronesia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 243
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#31. Greece

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 251
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#30. Egypt

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 303
- 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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#29. Nigeria

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 327
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#28. Peru

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 345
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#26. Costa Rica

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 346
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#26. Poland

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 346
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#26. Ecuador

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 346
- 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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#24. Dominican Republic

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 368
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#23. Ukraine

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 376
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#22. Iran

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 422
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#21. Pakistan

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 436
- 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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#20. Brazil

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 441
- 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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#19. Venezuela

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 445
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#18. Burma

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 518
- 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. France

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 577
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#16. Cuba

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 627
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#15. Japan

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 645
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#14. Russia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 685
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#13. South Korea

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 938
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#12. Philippines

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,248
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#11. El Salvador

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,281
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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. Vietnam

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,782
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#9. United Kingdom

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,932
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#8. Germany

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,936
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.5%

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

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#7. Canada

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,227
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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

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#6. China

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,427
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.4%

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

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#5. Guatemala

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,493
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%

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

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#4. Honduras

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,305
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.9%

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

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#3. India

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,981
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.1%

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

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#2. Colombia

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,860
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.7%

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

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#1. Mexico

Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,590
- Percent of foreign born residents: 22.6%

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

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