Biggest sources of immigrants to Seattle

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October 3, 2021
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Biggest sources of immigrants to Seattle

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,715
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 98,945
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #61 most common country of origin

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#49. Netherlands

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,781
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 85,161
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #69 most common country of origin

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#48. Ireland

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,804
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
- Number of residents: 121,469
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #53 most common country of origin

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#47. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,810
- 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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#46. Saudi Arabia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 1,868
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#45. Nepal

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,035
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Turkey

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,076
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 119,380
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #54 most common country of origin

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#43. South Africa

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,246
- 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. Belarus

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,363
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 63,642
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #78 most common country of origin

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#41. Malaysia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,364
- 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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#40. Egypt

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,378
- 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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#39. Fiji

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,435
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
- Number of residents: 47,004
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #86 most common country of origin

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#38. Afghanistan

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,539
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 101,548
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #59 most common country of origin

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#37. Israel

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,821
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

National
- Number of residents: 135,672
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%
- #50 most common country of origin

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#36. Colombia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 2,834
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Honduras

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,275
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#34. Indonesia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,323
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 96,229
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #62 most common country of origin

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#33. France

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,374
- 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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#32. Moldova

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,396
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 45,661
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #89 most common country of origin

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#31. Australia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,441
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
- Number of residents: 92,483
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
- #64 most common country of origin

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#30. Iraq

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,563
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#29. Peru

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,606
- 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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#28. Poland

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 3,640
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#27. Eritrea

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,116
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
- Number of residents: 45,119
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
- #90 most common country of origin

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#26. Romania

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,719
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Laos

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 4,922
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#24. Brazil

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,025
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#23. Pakistan

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 5,045
- 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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#22. Guatemala

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,722
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#21. Iran

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 6,811
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#20. Kenya

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,113
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#19. Thailand

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,279
- 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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#18. Somalia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 7,299
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#17. El Salvador

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,028
- 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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#16. Hong Kong

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 8,115
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

National
- Number of residents: 231,275
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%
- #36 most common country of origin

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#15. Cambodia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 9,643
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.3%

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

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#14. Germany

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 11,373
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#13. Taiwan

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 12,849
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

National
- Number of residents: 381,098
- Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%
- #24 most common country of origin

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#12. Russia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,106
- Percent of foreign born residents: 1.8%

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

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#11. Japan

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 13,782
- 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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#10. United Kingdom

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 14,981
- 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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#9. Ethiopia

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 18,580
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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

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#8. Ukraine

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 20,513
- Percent of foreign born residents: 2.8%

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

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#7. Canada

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 26,659
- Percent of foreign born residents: 3.7%

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

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#6. South Korea

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 39,047
- Percent of foreign born residents: 5.4%

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

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#5. Vietnam

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 48,336
- Percent of foreign born residents: 6.7%

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

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#4. Philippines

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 52,237
- Percent of foreign born residents: 7.2%

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

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#3. China

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 63,803
- Percent of foreign born residents: 8.8%

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

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#2. India

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 74,459
- Percent of foreign born residents: 10.3%

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
- Number of residents: 93,037
- Percent of foreign born residents: 12.9%

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

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