Biggest sources of immigrants to Kansas City

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October 3, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Kansas City

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

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 476
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Liberia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 494
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Hong Kong

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 496
- 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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#46 (tie). Ghana

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 500
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#46 (tie). Sudan

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 500
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 46,716
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #87 most common country of origin

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#45. Egypt

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 506
- 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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#43 (tie). Dominican Republic

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 524
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#43 (tie). Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 524
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42. Bangladesh

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 530
- 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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#41. South Africa

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 532
- 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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#40. Saudi Arabia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 536
- 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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#39. Romania

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 553
- 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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#38. Haiti

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 633
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#37. Italy

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 646
- 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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#36. Peru

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 653
- 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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#35. Ukraine

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 694
- 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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#34. Micronesia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 695
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#33. Democratic Republic of Congo

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 731
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 43,723
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #91 most common country of origin

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#32. Venezuela

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 812
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#31. Jordan

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 885
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#30. Japan

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 892
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#29. Somalia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 959
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

National
- Number of residents: 98,966
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #60 most common country of origin

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#28. Colombia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,014
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#27. Nepal

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,017
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. Russia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,036
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Jamaica

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,078
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#24. Taiwan

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,133
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#23. Nigeria

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,226
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#22. Iran

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,253
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#21. Laos

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,506
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Pakistan

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,602
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#19. Brazil

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,674
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#18. Iraq

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,692
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#17. Cuba

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,874
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#16. Thailand

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,180
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#15. Canada

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,225
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#14. United Kingdom

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#13. Ethiopia

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,397
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#12. Germany

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,533
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#11. Burma

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,535
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#10. El Salvador

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,760
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#9. Kenya

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,895
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#8. South Korea

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,159
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#7. Guatemala

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,820
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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

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#6. Philippines

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,909
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.7%

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

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#5. Honduras

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,780
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.3%

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

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#4. Vietnam

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,002
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#3. China

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,293
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.6%

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

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,747
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.1%

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

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#1. Mexico

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
- Number of residents: 42,838
- Percent of foreign born residents: 29.4%

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

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