Biggest sources of immigrants to Washington

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August 22, 2022
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Washington

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 Washington 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. Venezuela

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,565
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
National
- Number of residents: 394,365
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #22 most common country of origin

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#49. Fiji

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,607
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
National
- Number of residents: 46,663
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #92 most common country of origin

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#48. Saudi Arabia

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,614
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
National
- Number of residents: 76,837
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #74 most common country of origin

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#47. Malaysia

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,651
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
National
- Number of residents: 78,179
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #73 most common country of origin

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#46. Bulgaria

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,720
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
National
- Number of residents: 72,023
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #76 most common country of origin

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#45. Kazakhstan

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,750
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 32,757
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #108 most common country of origin

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#44. Israel

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,777
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 139,083
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #51 most common country of origin

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#43. South Africa

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,794
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 108,650
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #58 most common country of origin

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#42. Micronesia

Washington
- Number of residents: 2,795
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 30,841
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #110 most common country of origin

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#41. Cuba

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,195
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 1,314,570
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%
- #7 most common country of origin

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#40. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,238
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 102,942
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #59 most common country of origin

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#39. Turkey

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,295
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 126,351
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #53 most common country of origin

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#38. Netherlands

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,607
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 83,275
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #71 most common country of origin

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#37. Belarus

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,742
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
National
- Number of residents: 66,681
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #78 most common country of origin

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#36. Indonesia

Washington
- Number of residents: 3,981
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 96,337
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #64 most common country of origin

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#35. Honduras

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 649,209
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.5%
- #15 most common country of origin

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#34. Poland

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,419
- 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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#33. Afghanistan

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,489
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 111,234
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #57 most common country of origin

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#32. France

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,581
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 181,242
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #42 most common country of origin

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#31. Australia

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,663
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 96,235
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #65 most common country of origin

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#30. Peru

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,735
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
National
- Number of residents: 451,666
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
- #18 most common country of origin

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#29. Colombia

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,912
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 792,579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%
- #12 most common country of origin

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#28. Moldova

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,918
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 48,216
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #90 most common country of origin

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#27. Eritrea

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,945
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 49,710
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #89 most common country of origin

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#26. Iraq

Washington
- Number of residents: 4,970
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 229,309
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #39 most common country of origin

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#25. Pakistan

Washington
- Number of residents: 5,653
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 385,873
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #24 most common country of origin

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#24. Laos

Washington
- Number of residents: 5,854
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
National
- Number of residents: 179,004
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #44 most common country of origin

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#23. Brazil

Washington
- Number of residents: 6,907
- 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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#22. Romania

Washington
- Number of residents: 7,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
National
- Number of residents: 163,817
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
- #46 most common country of origin

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#21. Somalia

Washington
- Number of residents: 7,593
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%
National
- Number of residents: 96,898
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #63 most common country of origin

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#20. Hong Kong

Washington
- Number of residents: 8,416
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
National
- Number of residents: 232,202
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #38 most common country of origin

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#19. Kenya

Washington
- Number of residents: 9,404
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
National
- Number of residents: 145,272
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #49 most common country of origin

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#18. Thailand

Washington
- Number of residents: 9,504
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
National
- Number of residents: 256,436
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #34 most common country of origin

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#17. Iran

Washington
- Number of residents: 9,506
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
National
- Number of residents: 389,383
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #23 most common country of origin

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#16. Cambodia

Washington
- Number of residents: 11,226
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%
National
- Number of residents: 149,486
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #47 most common country of origin

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#15. Guatemala

Washington
- Number of residents: 12,159
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%
National
- Number of residents: 964,528
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.2%
- #10 most common country of origin

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#14. El Salvador

Washington
- Number of residents: 12,326
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%
National
- Number of residents: 1,370,579
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
- #5 most common country of origin

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#13. Taiwan

Washington
- Number of residents: 15,360
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%
National
- Number of residents: 378,942
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #25 most common country of origin

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#12. Germany

Washington
- Number of residents: 18,309
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
National
- Number of residents: 549,073
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%
- #16 most common country of origin

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#11. Japan

Washington
- Number of residents: 18,672
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%
National
- Number of residents: 346,149
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #28 most common country of origin

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#10. Russia

Washington
- Number of residents: 20,046
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%
National
- Number of residents: 397,214
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #21 most common country of origin

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#9. Ethiopia

Washington
- Number of residents: 20,174
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%
National
- Number of residents: 260,577
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%
- #33 most common country of origin

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#8. Ukraine

Washington
- Number of residents: 34,277
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
National
- Number of residents: 358,823
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
- #27 most common country of origin

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#7. Canada

Washington
- Number of residents: 46,838
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.3%
National
- Number of residents: 817,885
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%
- #11 most common country of origin

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#6. South Korea

Washington
- Number of residents: 48,595
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%
National
- Number of residents: 1,048,588
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.4%
- #9 most common country of origin

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#5. Vietnam

Washington
- Number of residents: 58,322
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%
National
- Number of residents: 1,354,391
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
- #6 most common country of origin

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#4. Philippines

Washington
- Number of residents: 71,552
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.6%
National
- Number of residents: 1,967,140
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.5%
- #4 most common country of origin

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#3. China

Washington
- Number of residents: 76,201
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.0%
National
- Number of residents: 2,184,189
- Percent of foreign born residents: 4.9%
- #3 most common country of origin

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#2. India

Washington
- Number of residents: 88,520
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.1%
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. Mexico

Washington
- Number of residents: 241,393
- Percent of foreign born residents: 22.2%
National
- Number of residents: 10,924,662
- Percent of foreign born residents: 24.8%
- #1 most common country of origin

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