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American Immigrants by Country (2010)

Guess from whence the largest numbers of immigrants in the United States today came from originally. Expanded from the existing quiz and updated to include the 2010 census data.
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First submittedApril 7, 2013
Last updatedOctober 13, 2018
Times taken1,975
Rating3.82
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Total population
Country of Origin
11,746,539
Mexico
2,167,849
China/HK/Taiwan
1,796,467
India
1,766,501
Philippines
1,243,785
Vietnam
1,207,128
El Salvador
1,112,064
Cuba
1,086,945
Korea
879,884
Dominican Rep.
801,331
United Kingdom
797,262
Guatemala
785,595
Canada
650,761
Jamaica
648,348
Colombia
611,813
Germany
596,440
Haiti
518,438
Honduras
Total population
Country of Origin
470,030
Poland
454,921
Ecuador
430,665
Peru
427,932
Russia/USSR
366,459
Italy
358,746
Iran
344,714
Brazil
324,373
Japan
317,946
Ukraine
313,011
Frm. Yugoslavia
298,650
Pakistan
255,103
Guyana
246,687
Nicaragua
223,666
Trinidad
223,182
Thailand
205,280
Nigeria
181,574
Venezuela
Total population
Country of Origin
173,600
Ethiopia
170,512
Argentina
162,043
Cambodia
160,145
Iraq
158,556
Bangladesh
153,918
Romania
144,376
France
140,574
Egypt
128,065
Israel/Palestine
124,161
Ghana
117,919
Lebanon
102,025
Turkey
98,887
Indonesia
83,829
Kenya
81,923
Somalia
79,925
Burma
78,616
South Africa
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level 44
Apr 7, 2013
great quiz but could use and extra minute
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level 44
Apr 7, 2013
an*
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level 77
Apr 8, 2013
Thanks. and I'm sure many would agree, but I intentionally keep the time limits tight on these fill-in-the-country quizzes because otherwise I feel like they just become a smaller and more random variant of the most popular quiz on this site (the countries of the world quiz). Once you've mastered the countries of the world quiz, then you can get 100% on any other countries quiz given sufficient time just by typing in names of countries at random. I would rather that the results reflect the answers people got because they actually knew them to be true- not the ones they got because they had 3 minutes left on the timer and were randomly typing in names of countries. If someone wants to have more time they can always turn off the timer at the top. But if enough other people request more time I'll change it.
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level 77
Apr 8, 2013
The Countries of the World quiz gives 15 minutes for almost 200 countries. There are 51 countries on this quiz, about 1/4. So... it's kind of like you get 15 seconds for free if you look at it that way. ;-)
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level 77
Apr 9, 2013
Whoops! My mistake... actually you only get 12 minutes for the countries of the world quiz, not 15. So.. it's actually like you are getting a full minute for free here, relatively speaking.
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level 27
Oct 2, 2013
one extra minute wouldn't hurt. I don't just type in every country. I do them based on whats being asked, and I'm fast. I got 42 of 52 and I think another minute would've got me to the ones I would've guessed
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level 77
Oct 3, 2013
I've taken this quiz myself at least 4 or 5 times and thought sometimes I get all of them I also sometimes miss 1-3, which is kind of what I was shooting for. If you get 40 or so I'd say you are doing very well and the ones remaining are just the ones that did not occur to you immediately. These are the results I'm more interested in seeing. I hope the time limit isn't too frustrating. As mentioned, you can always turn it off. I still think it's better this way. But thank you (sincerely, I love feedback) for the input.
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
It's funny that you say what you say, because I think that b/c there is so little time, then this DOES become like the countries of the world quiz, with folks just hammering out on the keyboard, instead of thoughtfully choosing good answers. How else would 23% have picked Guyana? I always think there should be more time on your quizzes, but especially on this one. When time ran out and I only had 24, i was really shocked, and disappointed. I guess I should just turn the timer off, but it feels like I'm cheating and there's no joy in that.
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level 77
Aug 1, 2014
hm... but if you are just randomly typing countries then you will not be able to get all the right answers. I can easily get 100% on this quiz because I think about what I'm typing. But if I wasted time typing in every country in Africa, Asia and Oceania then there's no way I could finish. Guyana- I suppose people guess it either because there are a quarter million people from Guyana living in the USA and they're bound to know some other people taking this quiz, or because quiz takers were guessing every country in South and Central America which is a pretty good strategy to take.
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level 35
Dec 21, 2015
please add Ireland!
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level 77
Dec 21, 2015
Why would I add Ireland? It's not a correct answer. The last time there was a significant amount of Irish immigration to the United States was during the 1920s (and earlier). Those people are, by and large, currently deceased.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2015
Though that said there was a big jump in the last couple decades. Maybe Ireland will crack the top 50 again after the 2020 census.
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level 72
Jul 23, 2014
Agree. An interesting quiz but it becomes a bit of a mad type-fest.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2013
most interesting thing to me from the results is how few people guess the Philippines. There are Filipinos everywhere around the world. Not just in the United States, but they definitely have a big presence there. That country's biggest export by far has to be people. I work all over the world and there are always Filipinos working alongside me wherever I go.
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level 37
Oct 1, 2013
Maybe they're like me and can't spell Philippines :(
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level 77
Oct 2, 2013
oh.. maybe. :) I think you're right, some people have trouble with that. It's like a second (or 4th, or 5th) home to me so I hadn't considered that.
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level 49
Jan 19, 2015
missed it twice.. it has two Ps oops
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
if they had brought their cuisine with them, and opened up filipino restaurants, they would wield a bigger cultural stick, so to speak.
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level 77
Aug 1, 2014
That's a good plan except that Filipino food is terrible. Nobody would eat there except maybe other Filipinos.
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level 40
Feb 24, 2018
Except for Jollibee, the best place on Earth. Even one in NYC, and when I walk in, people look at me like I’m insane cause I’m the only American.
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level 77
Feb 24, 2018
Not a big fan of Jollibee at all, though I will at least give them credit for making better fried chicken than KFC.
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level 67
Jun 25, 2018
I can't believe I missed it! My aunt is actually a first generation Filipino immigrant.
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level 77
Jun 25, 2018
No excuse then! haha
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level 16
Aug 3, 2013
Somalia- and they all came to Minnesota. We're flooded!
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level 77
Aug 3, 2013
Many of them did, enough to elect the first Muslim congressman, though there are quite a few Somalis around the Washington, DC area, as well.
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level 34
Feb 21, 2014
What about Portugal!?
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level 77
Feb 21, 2014
I couldn't find the data I used to make this quiz but it was from the 2010 census. Whatever the number was for Portuguese immigrants it was smaller than 78,000. Keep in mind this only counts people living in the United States who were born somewhere else. If you counted up all Americans who claim Portuguese ancestry then I think the total number is between one and two million people, but the overwhelming majority of those people were not born in Portugal. The two principal waves of Portuguese immigration to the USA were in the late 19th Century and the mid 20th Century. Most of the people who came in those waves, especially the first, are dead now. They are survived by their descendants, but those descendants are not considered immigrants.
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level 49
Jan 19, 2015
for the UK it would be silly, same for Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Germany, etc
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level 77
Jan 19, 2015
Are you talking about the total number of Americans who can claim British or Irish ancestry? Yeah... the number would be in the tens of millions if not hundreds of millions. But notice that Ireland doesn't even make the top 51 anymore because the waves of Irish immigration came a long time ago.
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level 77
Jan 19, 2015
Actually the site has already featured a quiz about common US ancestries which is interesting and worth taking.
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level 77
Oct 28, 2014
If this was about ancestry and not just where you were born, then obviously Ireland would show up, too. Irish is the 2nd most-commonly cited ancestry in the US after German, but they don't even make the top 51 when it comes to recent immigrants.
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level 57
Mar 27, 2014
Got 45\51 :( I somehow missed Poland but got Lebanon *facepalm*
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level 58
Jun 1, 2015
It's a magical liopleurodon!! Sorry, had to.
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level 76
Jul 5, 2014
So embarrassed I missed Canada!
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level 35
Dec 21, 2015
i put iran, colombia, iraq, and venezuela as a joke, but i managed to get them
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level 77
Dec 21, 2015
The only one of those four I find modestly surprising is Iraq. Never met that many Iraqis living in the US before.
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level 49
Feb 4, 2016
I can't believe I got Guyana but didn't get China or Italy!
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level 39
Oct 30, 2017
49/51 on the first attempt. I missed "Korea" and "Ghana".
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level 77
Oct 30, 2017
I grew up in Centreville, VA which has become one of the biggest "K-towns" in the USA, and used to work at an industrial laundry where about half of the employees were from Ghana, it would have been difficult for me to have missed either.
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