Biggest sources of immigrants to Kentucky

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September 19, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Kentucky

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 biggest sources of immigrants to Kentucky using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Keep reading to find out more about the immigrant community in your home state.

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#50. Micronesia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 489
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#49. Malaysia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 497
- 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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#48. Senegal

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 556
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Taiwan

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 563
- 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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#46. Egypt

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 592
- 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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#45. Panama

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 608
- 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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#44. Italy

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 624
- 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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#43. Ghana

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 661
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#42. Liberia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 691
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#41. Uzbekistan

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 757
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 62,517
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #79 most common country of origin

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#40. South Africa

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 788
- 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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#39. Cambodia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 833
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#38. Jamaica

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 886
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#37. France

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 940
- 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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#36. Haiti

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 975
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#35. Brazil

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,020
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#34. Ukraine

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,029
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#33. Jordan

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,050
- 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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#32. Peru

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,061
- 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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#31. Pakistan

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,146
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#30. Iran

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,154
- 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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#29. Nigeria

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,186
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#28. Venezuela

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,223
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#27. Ethiopia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,477
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#26. Saudi Arabia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,478
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#25. Colombia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,559
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#24. Kenya

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,591
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#23. Somalia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,594
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#22. Democratic Republic of Congo

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,690
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#21. Thailand

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,756
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. Congo

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

National
- Number of residents: 30,496
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #106 most common country of origin

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#19. El Salvador

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,840
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#18. Russia

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 1,894
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#17. Nepal

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 2,088
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#16. Iraq

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 2,222
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#15. Burma

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 2,427
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14. Japan

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,316
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#13. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,468
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#12. United Kingdom

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,533
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#11. Honduras

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,621
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#10. Canada

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,696
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 3,844
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%

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

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#8. South Korea

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 4,024
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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. Germany

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 5,664
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.3%

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

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#6. Guatemala

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 5,891
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

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#5. Philippines

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 6,194
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.6%

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. China

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 6,776
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.9%

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

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#3. Cuba

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 10,986
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.4%

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

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#2. India

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 12,624
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.3%

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

Kentucky
- Number of residents: 32,387
- Percent of foreign born residents: 18.8%

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

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