Biggest sources of immigrants to North Carolina

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July 7, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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. Cambodia

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 2,613
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 2,630
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 2,662
- 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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#47. Trinidad and Tobago

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 2,748
- 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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#46. Costa Rica

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,226
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,233
- 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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#44. Argentina

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,373
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,417
- 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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#42. Poland

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,658
- 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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#41. Kenya

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,670
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,706
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,772
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,792
- 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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#37. Burma

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,832
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,853
- 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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#35. Italy

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,876
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,888
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,947
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,956
- 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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#31. Ethiopia

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 3,984
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 4,414
- 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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#29. Nepal

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 4,571
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 4,991
- 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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#27. Pakistan

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 5,200
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 5,272
- 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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#25. Thailand

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 5,292
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,050
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,206
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

National
- Number of residents: 438,474
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #19 most common country of origin
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#22. Venezuela

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,428
- 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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#21. Brazil

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,629
- 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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#20. Nigeria

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,720
- 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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#19. Peru

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 6,724
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 7,108
- 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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#17. Laos

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 7,214
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 8,326
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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. Jamaica

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 10,117
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 11,625
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 15,187
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 15,342
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 16,617
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 18,067
- 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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#9. Canada

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 19,128
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 20,051
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 20,938
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 24,065
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 27,767
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.4%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 32,468
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.9%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 35,753
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 70,450
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.6%

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

North Carolina
- Number of residents: 228,052
- Percent of foreign born residents: 27.7%

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

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