Countries of Birth of the Foreign-Born Population, 1850–2009

(resident population)

Ten leading countries
by rank1
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1.Ireland
962,000
Germany
1,967,000
Germany
2,663,000
Italy
1,790,000
Italy
1,257,000
2.Germany
584,000
Ireland
1,855,000
Ireland
1,615,000
Germany
1,609,000
Germany
990,000
3.Great Britain
379,000
Great Britain
918,000
Canada
1,180,000
United Kingdom
1,403,000
Canada
953,000
4.Canada
148,000
Canada
717,000
Great Britain
1,168,000
Canada
1,310,000
United Kingdom
833,000
5.France
54,000
Sweden
194,000
Sweden
582,000
Poland
1,269,000
Poland
748,000
6.Switzerland
13,000
Norway
182,000
Italy
484,000
Soviet Union
1,154,000
Soviet Union
691,000
7.Mexico
13,000
France
107,000
Russia
424,000
Ireland
745,000
Mexico
576,000
8.Norway
13,000
China
104,000
Poland
383,000
Mexico
641,000
Ireland
339,000
9.Holland
10,000
Switzerland
89,000
Norway
336,000
Sweden
595,000
Austria
305,000
10.Italy
4,000
Bohemia
85,000
Austria
276,000
Czechoslovakia
492,000
Hungary
245,000
Ten leading countries
by rank1
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1.Italy
1,009,000
Mexico
2,199,000
Mexico
4,298,000
Mexico
7,841,000
Mexico
11,478,234
2.Germany
833,000
Germany
849,000
China
921,000
China
1,391,000
Philippines
1,733,864
3.Canada
812,000
Canada
843,000
Philippines
913,000
Philippines
1,222,000
India
1,665,055
4.Mexico
760,000
Italy
832,000
Canada
745,000
India
1,007,000
China
1,425,814
5.United Kingdom
686,000
United Kingdom
669,000
Cuba
737,000
Cuba
952,000
El Salvador
1,157,217
6.Poland
548,000
Cuba
608,000
Germany
712,000
Vietnam
863,000
Vietnam
1,149,355
7.Soviet Union
463,000
Philippines
501,000
United Kingdom
640,000
El Salvador
765,000
Korea
1,012,911
8.Cuba
439,000
Poland
418,000
Italy
581,000
Korea
701,000
Cuba
982,862
9.Ireland
251,000
Soviet Union
406,000
Korea
568,000
Dominican Republic
692,000
Canada
814,122
10.Austria
214,000
Korea
290,000
Vietnam
543,000
Canada
678,000
Dominican Republic
791,593
1. In general, countries as reported at each census. Data are not totally comparable over time due to changes in boundaries for some countries. Great Britain excludes Ireland. United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland. China in 1990 includes Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Source: Profile of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau, 2001. Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2009; Table 5. Country of Birth: 2009, Pew Hispanic Center.


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