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Foreign-Born Population by Metro Area

Among the nation’s 50 most populous metros, Houston ranks fifth in foreign-born population.
Published on 1/14/21
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Foreign-Born Population
by Metro Area
Rank Area Percentage Total
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 29.7%             5,707,206
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area 32.9%             4,347,669
3 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area 41.6%             2,565,259
4 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area 17.6%             1,664,585
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area 23.4%             1,653,477
6 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area 39.7%             1,579,998
7 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 19.2%             1,454,042
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 22.9%             1,438,280
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area 22.8%             1,078,851
10 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area 21.4%                995,235
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area 19.2%                935,620
12 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area 14.2%                854,662
13 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area 14.3%                707,593
14 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area 10.9%                665,165
15 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area 30.9%                615,114
16 St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area 19.7%                551,880
17 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area 22.6%                512,278
18 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area 19.1%                498,156
19 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area 14.4%                460,056
20 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area 10.3%                444,922
21 Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA Metro Area 18.8%                444,381
22 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 10.6%                385,845
23 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area 11.5%                383,908
24 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area 11.9%                353,101
25 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area 15.7%                349,652
26 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area 12.9%                321,626
27 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area 12.5%                318,870
28 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area 10.3%                288,405
29 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area 10.7%                282,146
30 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area 13.7%                222,567
31 Columbus, OH Metro Area 8.7%                184,638
32 Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area 12.8%                178,020
33 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area 9.1%                175,981
34 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT Metro Area 13.1%                157,839
35 Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area 7.1%                153,010
36 Jacksonville, FL Metro Area 9.4%                146,594
37 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area 6.9%                143,281
38 Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area 6.4%                131,101
39 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area 7.0%                123,552
40 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area 7.5%                118,138
41 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area 5.3%                117,647
42 Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area 8.0%                112,716
43 Richmond, VA Metro Area 8.1%                104,560
44 Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area 4.2%                   97,339
45 New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area 7.6%                   96,560
46 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area 6.8%                   86,114
47 Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area 6.4%                   72,191
48 Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metro Area 5.1%                   68,590
49 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area 4.8%                   59,169
50 Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area 3.9%                   42,527
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey    
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