Biggest sources of immigrants to Nashville

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October 3, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Nashville

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

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 403
- 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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#49. Jordan

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 412
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#48. Poland

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 416
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#47. Australia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 458
- 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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#46. Italy

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 459
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#45. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 468
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Liberia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 474
- 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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#43. South Africa

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 484
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#42. Malaysia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 532
- 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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#41. Dominican Republic

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 538
- 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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#40. Ukraine

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 562
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#39. Brazil

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 567
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#38. Costa Rica

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 601
- 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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#37. France

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 610
- 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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#36. Jamaica

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 614
- 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. Argentina

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 655
- 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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#34. Pakistan

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 684
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#33. Ghana

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 735
- 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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#32. Haiti

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 777
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31. Peru

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 797
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#30. Sudan

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 880
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#29. Saudi Arabia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,020
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#28. Nepal

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,125
- 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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#27. Colombia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,289
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%

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

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#26. Venezuela

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,312
- 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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#25. Russia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,338
- 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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#24. Romania

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,351
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#23. Somalia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,698
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#22. Thailand

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,704
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#21. Japan

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,794
- 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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#20. Iran

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,812
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#19. Cuba

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,867
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#18. Germany

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,943
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#17. Burma

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,140
- 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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#16. Nigeria

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,273
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%

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

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#15. Ethiopia

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,763
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#14. Philippines

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,852
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#13. United Kingdom

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,919
- 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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#12. Vietnam

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,976
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#11. Laos

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,044
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.0%

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

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#10. South Korea

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,517
- 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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#9. Canada

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,660
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%

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

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#8. China

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,620
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

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

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#7. Honduras

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,886
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.2%

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

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#6. Guatemala

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,144
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.3%

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

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#5. Iraq

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,713
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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

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#4. El Salvador

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,505
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.2%

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. Egypt

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,966
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.8%

National
- Number of residents: 191,452
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #40 most common country of origin

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#2. India

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 10,156
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.6%

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

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area
- Number of residents: 36,718
- Percent of foreign born residents: 23.7%

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

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