Biggest sources of immigrants to Virginia

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August 22, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Virginia

Over 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 Virginia using data from the "U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by the highest number of residents according to 2020 5-year estimates. Keep reading to find out more about the immigrant community in your home state.

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#50. Panama

Virginia
- Number of residents: 3,770
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 101,520
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #61 most common country of origin

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#49. Poland

Virginia
- Number of residents: 3,791
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 411,750
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #20 most common country of origin

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#48. Haiti

Virginia
- Number of residents: 3,946
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 667,432
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%
- #14 most common country of origin

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#47. Sudan

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,048
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 52,433
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #86 most common country of origin

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#46. Saudi Arabia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,262
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 76,837
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #74 most common country of origin

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#45. Argentina

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,572
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 193,056
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #41 most common country of origin

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#44. Ukraine

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,732
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 358,823
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #27 most common country of origin

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#43. Ecuador

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,820
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 440,337
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #19 most common country of origin

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#42. Trinidad and Tobago

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,824
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 233,024
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #37 most common country of origin

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#41. Lebanon

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,840
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 127,239
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #52 most common country of origin

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#40. Cambodia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 4,951
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 149,486
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #47 most common country of origin

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#39. Italy

Virginia
- Number of residents: 5,240
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 326,407
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
- #30 most common country of origin

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#38. France

Virginia
- Number of residents: 5,293
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 181,242
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #42 most common country of origin

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#37. Nicaragua

Virginia
- Number of residents: 5,394
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 244,405
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #35 most common country of origin

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#36. Sierra Leone

Virginia
- Number of residents: 5,626
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 43,130
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #94 most common country of origin

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#35. Cuba

Virginia
- Number of residents: 6,215
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
National
- Number of residents: 1,314,570
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%
- #7 most common country of origin

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#34. Dominican Republic

Virginia
- Number of residents: 6,693
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
National
- Number of residents: 1,125,208
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%
- #8 most common country of origin

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#33. Venezuela

Virginia
- Number of residents: 6,826
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
National
- Number of residents: 394,365
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #22 most common country of origin

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#32. Nigeria

Virginia
- Number of residents: 6,875
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
National
- Number of residents: 366,534
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #26 most common country of origin

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#31. Brazil

Virginia
- Number of residents: 6,880
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
National
- Number of residents: 474,723
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%
- #17 most common country of origin

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#30. Morocco

Virginia
- Number of residents: 7,081
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
National
- Number of residents: 83,842
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #70 most common country of origin

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#29. Turkey

Virginia
- Number of residents: 7,562
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
National
- Number of residents: 126,351
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #53 most common country of origin

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#28. Taiwan

Virginia
- Number of residents: 7,659
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
National
- Number of residents: 378,942
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #25 most common country of origin

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#27. Thailand

Virginia
- Number of residents: 8,078
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
National
- Number of residents: 256,436
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #34 most common country of origin

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#26. Japan

Virginia
- Number of residents: 8,137
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
National
- Number of residents: 346,149
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #28 most common country of origin

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#25. Nepal

Virginia
- Number of residents: 8,433
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
National
- Number of residents: 142,749
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #50 most common country of origin

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#24. Iraq

Virginia
- Number of residents: 8,858
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
National
- Number of residents: 229,309
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #39 most common country of origin

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#23. Russia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 9,445
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
National
- Number of residents: 397,214
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #21 most common country of origin

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#22. Egypt

Virginia
- Number of residents: 10,261
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
National
- Number of residents: 202,049
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #40 most common country of origin

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#21. Jamaica

Virginia
- Number of residents: 10,533
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
National
- Number of residents: 760,486
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
- #13 most common country of origin

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#20. Bangladesh

Virginia
- Number of residents: 11,121
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
National
- Number of residents: 240,365
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #36 most common country of origin

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#19. Canada

Virginia
- Number of residents: 13,130
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%
National
- Number of residents: 817,885
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%
- #11 most common country of origin

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#18. Colombia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 14,338
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%
National
- Number of residents: 792,579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%
- #12 most common country of origin

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#17. Iran

Virginia
- Number of residents: 14,529
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%
National
- Number of residents: 389,383
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #23 most common country of origin

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#16. Ghana

Virginia
- Number of residents: 16,983
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%
National
- Number of residents: 180,675
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #43 most common country of origin

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#15. Afghanistan

Virginia
- Number of residents: 17,680
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
National
- Number of residents: 111,234
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #57 most common country of origin

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#14. Germany

Virginia
- Number of residents: 19,165
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%
National
- Number of residents: 549,073
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%
- #16 most common country of origin

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#13. Bolivia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 23,286
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%
National
- Number of residents: 75,533
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #75 most common country of origin

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#12. Pakistan

Virginia
- Number of residents: 26,245
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%
National
- Number of residents: 385,873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #24 most common country of origin

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#11. Peru

Virginia
- Number of residents: 27,175
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.5%
National
- Number of residents: 451,666
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #18 most common country of origin

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#10. Ethiopia

Virginia
- Number of residents: 30,044
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%
National
- Number of residents: 260,577
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #33 most common country of origin

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#9. Honduras

Virginia
- Number of residents: 30,763
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%
National
- Number of residents: 649,209
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%
- #15 most common country of origin

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#8. Guatemala

Virginia
- Number of residents: 32,512
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%
National
- Number of residents: 964,528
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%
- #10 most common country of origin

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#7. China

Virginia
- Number of residents: 41,888
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.9%
National
- Number of residents: 2,184,189
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.9%
- #3 most common country of origin

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#6. Vietnam

Virginia
- Number of residents: 43,050
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.0%
National
- Number of residents: 1,354,391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
- #6 most common country of origin

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#5. Philippines

Virginia
- Number of residents: 51,642
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.8%
National
- Number of residents: 1,967,140
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%
- #4 most common country of origin

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#4. South Korea

Virginia
- Number of residents: 55,573
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.2%
National
- Number of residents: 1,048,588
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%
- #9 most common country of origin

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#3. Mexico

Virginia
- Number of residents: 56,757
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.3%
National
- Number of residents: 10,924,662
- Percent of foreign born residents: 24.8%
- #1 most common country of origin

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#2. India

Virginia
- Number of residents: 94,276
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.8%
National
- Number of residents: 2,618,558
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.9%
- #2 most common country of origin

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#1. El Salvador

Virginia
- Number of residents: 110,363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 10.3%
National
- Number of residents: 1,370,579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
- #5 most common country of origin

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