Biggest sources of immigrants to Detroit

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April 4, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Detroit

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 Detroit come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Detroit 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. Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 66,818
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #76 most common country of origin

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#49. Turkey

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 884
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#48. Nepal

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 925
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#47. Hong Kong

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 935
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#46. Bulgaria

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 983
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 69,765
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #75 most common country of origin

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#45. Honduras

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 987
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#44. Cuba

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,012
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#43. Israel

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,075
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#42. Dominican Republic

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,109
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#41. Argentina

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,113
- 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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#40. Colombia

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,164
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#39. Kuwait

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,193
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 33,788
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #102 most common country of origin

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#38. Thailand

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,474
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#37. Laos

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,497
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#36. Saudi Arabia

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,655
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Guatemala

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,677
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#34. El Salvador

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,776
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#33. France

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,908
- 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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#32. Taiwan

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,138
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31. Iran

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,234
- 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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#30. Jamaica

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,401
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#29. Greece

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,422
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#28. Egypt

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,721
- 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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#27. Brazil

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,129
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,447
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#25. Jordan

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,453
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 81,155
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #71 most common country of origin

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#24. North Macedonia (Macedonia)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,663
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 26,292
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #111 most common country of origin

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#23. Nigeria

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,666
- 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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#22. Russia

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,894
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#21. Ukraine

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,156
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Syria

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,399
- 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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#19. Vietnam

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,066
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#18. Japan

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,434
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#17. Romania

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,220
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#16. Pakistan

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,316
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#15. Italy

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,332
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#14. United Kingdom

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,101
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#13. Poland

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,635
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#12. Albania

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,324
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#11. Germany

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,616
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#10. South Korea

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,526
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

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#9. Philippines

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,082
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#8. Bangladesh

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,713
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#7. Yemen

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 16,326
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.8%

National
- Number of residents: 54,152
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #82 most common country of origin

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#6. China

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 17,321
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%

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. Lebanon

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 19,507
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%

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

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#4. Canada

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 22,413
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.2%

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

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#3. Mexico

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 40,231
- Percent of foreign born residents: 9.3%

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

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#2. Iraq

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 53,046
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.3%

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

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#1. India

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area
- Number of residents: 54,995
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.8%

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

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