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Foreign-Born Population

Nearly one in four Houstonians was born outside the U.S.
Published on 10/12/22

  • In ’21, the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) contained an estimated 1.7 million foreign-born residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This figure represents 24.1 percent of the metro population.
  • Mexico accounts for nearly two-fifths of Houston’s foreign-born residents (598,758). El Salvador (118,984) was the birthplace of the next largest group from Central America, followed by Honduras (91,650) and Guatemala (39,813).
  • One-fourth of Houston’s foreign-born residents were born in Asia (448,944). Asian nations with the largest populations in Houston include Vietnam (95,480), India (94,163), China (71,868), Philippines (35,642) and Pakistan (35,325).
24.1 percent

24.1 percent of Houston metro population is foreign born

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