Biggest sources of immigrants to Lexington

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(STACKER) – 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 Lexington come from, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by highest number of foreign-born residents who lived in Lexington 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. Poland

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 89
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#49. Syria

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 94
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

National
– Number of residents: 95,802
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
– #63 most common country of origin

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#48. Israel

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 95
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%

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

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#47. Egypt

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 105
– 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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#46. Indonesia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 106
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#45. Hong Kong

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 108
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#44. Chile

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 112
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#43. Argentina

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 113
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
– Number of residents: 194,435
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
– #39 most common country of origin

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#42. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 118
– 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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#41. Netherlands

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 122
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

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

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#40. Kuwait

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 129
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.3%

National
– Number of residents: 33,788
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
– #102 most common country of origin

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#39. Ethiopia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 144
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#38. Colombia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 146
– 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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#36 (tie). Saudi Arabia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 168
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#36 (tie). Peru

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 168
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%

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

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#35. Panama

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 174
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
– Number of residents: 103,299
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
– #58 most common country of origin

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#34. Ghana

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 179
– 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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#33. Taiwan

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 185
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#32. Italy

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 192
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

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

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#31. Venezuela

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 196
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.5%

National
– Number of residents: 349,720
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
– #27 most common country of origin

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#30. Bulgaria

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 232
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

National
– Number of residents: 69,765
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.2%
– #75 most common country of origin

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#29. Cambodia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 233
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#28. Kenya

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 239
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.6%

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

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#27. Haiti

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 265
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#26. Iran

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 284
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#25. Cuba

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 285
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.7%

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

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#24. Ireland

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 348
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.9%

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

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#23. Nigeria

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 374
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#22. El Salvador

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 383
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

National
– Number of residents: 1,381,008
– Percent of foreign born residents: 3.1%
– #5 most common country of origin

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#21. Brazil

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 390
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

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

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#20. France

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 399
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.0%

National
– Number of residents: 181,554
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.4%
– #41 most common country of origin

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#19. Jordan

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 426
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#18. Russia

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 428
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.1%

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

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#17. Ukraine

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 443
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#16. Germany

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 450
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.2%

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

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#15. Iraq

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 522
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.4%

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

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#14. Democratic Republic of Congo

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 599
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

National
– Number of residents: 43,723
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
– #91 most common country of origin

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#13. Guatemala

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 601
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.6%

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

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#12. Vietnam

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 636
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.7%

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

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#11. Congo

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 723
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

National
– Number of residents: 30,496
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.1%
– #106 most common country of origin

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#10. Canada

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 742
– Percent of foreign born residents: 1.9%

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

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#9. United Kingdom

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 803
– 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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#8. Nepal

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 826
– Percent of foreign born residents: 2.1%

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

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#7. Philippines

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 902
– Percent of foreign born residents: 2.3%

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

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#6. South Korea

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 1,015
– Percent of foreign born residents: 2.6%

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. Honduras

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 1,113
– Percent of foreign born residents: 2.9%

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

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#4. Japan

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 1,152
– Percent of foreign born residents: 3.0%

National
– Number of residents: 345,140
– Percent of foreign born residents: 0.8%
– #29 most common country of origin

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#3. India

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 2,396
– Percent of foreign born residents: 6.2%

National
– Number of residents: 2,561,906
– Percent of foreign born residents: 5.8%
– #2 most common country of origin

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#2. China

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 2,636
– Percent of foreign born residents: 6.9%

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

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#1. Mexico

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area
– Number of residents: 10,809
– Percent of foreign born residents: 28.1%

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

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