2018 Columbus and Peer Foreign-Born Population Comparison



In the ongoing series discussing topics related to the 2018 Census demographic estimates, today I will update the foreign-born population comparison.  Beyond the simple comparison, I will also talk about the regions and countries that the foreign-born populations come from.

Total Foreign-Born Population Rank by City 2010 and 2018
2010————————————-——-2018

1. Chicago: 557,674—————1. Chicago: 540,738
2. San Jose: 366,194————-2. San Jose: 407,839
3. Austin: 148,431—————-3. Austin: 180,544
4. Las Vegas: 130,503———–4. Las Vegas: 133,033
5. Sacramento: 96,105———-5. Columbus: 125,339
6. Columbus: 86,663————-6. Sacramento: 114,786
7. Portland: 83,026—————7. Jacksonville: 111,798
8. Jacksonville: 77,145——–8. Nashville: 95,040
9. Indianapolis: 74,707——–9. Portland: 90,728
10. Nashville: 73,327———-10. Indianapolis: 81,764
11. Minneapolis: 57,846——11. Minneapolis: 68,131
12. Milwaukee: 57,222——–12. St. Paul: 59,381
13. Providence: 52,920——-13. Milwaukee: 57,647
14. St. Paul: 50,366———–14. Omaha: 50,279
15. Virginia Beach: 40,756—15. Providence ;46,995
16. Omaha: 39,288————16. Detroit: 44,520
17. Wichita: 39,128————17. Kansas City: 43,485
18. Kansas City: 35,532——18. Virginia Beach: 43,385
19. Detroit: 34,307————19. Wichita: 42,171
20. Madison: 24,929———20. Madison: 32,622
21. St. Louis: 23,011———-21. Des Moines: 31,013
22. Lincoln: 22,214———–22. Pittsburgh: 26,569
23. Des Moines: 20,798—–23. Lincoln: 23,309
24. Pittsburgh: 18,698——24. Fort Wayne: 22,489
25. Cleveland: 17,739——-25. Cleveland: 21,838
26. Grand Rapids: 16,615—26. St. Louis: 21,538
27. Cincinnati: 16,531——-27. Cincinnati: 20,592
28. Fort Wayne: 15,286—-28. Grand Rapids: 20,032
29. Toledo: 11,159———–29. Akron: 13,649
30. Akron: 8,524————30. Toledo: 9,038
31. Dayton: 5,102———–31. Dayton: 7,311
32. Youngstown: 3,695—-32. Canton: 3,241
33. Canton: 1,343———–33: Youngstown: 976

Here’s the 2010-2018 total change.

And the 2010-2018 change by %.

Columbus has done very well in both total and % growth of its foreign-born population since 2010.

So now that we know how many foreign-born immigrants are arriving and how fast, let’s take a look at where they are coming from.

Total Foreign-Born Residents From Europe in 2000 and 2018
2000———————————————–2018

1. Chicago: 145,462———————1. Chicago: 91,397
2. San Jose: 21,904———————2. San Jose: 22,043
3. Portland: 17,572———————-3. Jacksonville: 18,808
4. Jacksonville: 10,883————4. Portland: 17,016
5. Las Vegas: 9,070—————-5. Austin: 11,981
6. Cleveland: 8,796—————-6. Las Vegas: 11,472
7. St. Louis: 8,543——————7. Columbus: 8,141
8. Sacramento: 8,204————-8. Nashville: 8,108
9. Milwaukee: 7,841—————9. Virginia Beach: 6,710
10. Austin: 7,474——————10. Sacramento: 6,275
11. Pittsburgh: 7,413————–11. Pittsburgh: 5,047
12. Columbus: 7,017————–12. Minneapolis: 5,031
13. Indianapolis: 6,543———–13. Omaha: 3,845
14. Virginia Beach: 6,333——–14. St. Louis: 4,711
15. Detroit: 5,600—————–15. Indianapolis: 4,199
16. Minneapolis: 5,409———–16. Omaha: 3,845
17. Providence: 5,126————-17. Milwaukee: 3,808
18. Nashville: 4,859—————18. Madison: 3,519
19. Cincinnati: 3,851————–19. Providence: 3,030
20. Grand Rapids: 3,396———20. Lincoln: 2,777
21. Omaha: 3,320—————–21. Cincinnati: 2,738
22. St. Paul: 3,255—————-22. St. Paul: 2,449
23. Des Moines: 3,216———–23. Grand Rapids: 2,336
24. Kansas City: 2,985———-24. Kansas City: 2,320
25. Madison: 2,871—————25. Fort Wayne: 2,235
26. Lincoln: 2,701—————-26. Wichita: 1,851
27. Akron: 2,687—————–27. Detroit: 1,767
28. Fort Wayne: 2076———–28. Akron: 1,580
29. Toledo: 2,020—————-29. Des Moines: 1,042
30. Wichita: 2,004————–30. Toledo: 496
31. Dayton: 901——————31. Canton: 347
32. Youngstown: 870———–32. Dayton: 347
33. Canton: 590—————–33. Youngstown: 337

Columbus had more European immigrants than most in 2000 and 2018, and was one of the relatively few cities that saw an increase by 2018.

Total Foreign-born Population from Asia 2000 and 2018
2000————————————————–2018

1. San Jose: 182,712—————————1. San Jose: 256,504
2. Chicago: 112,932—————————2. Chicago: 144,970
3. Sacramento: 40,253———————3. Austin: 59,711
4. Portland: 26,271—————————4. Sacramento: 56,084
5. Austin: 25,036——————————5. Columbus: 49,185
6. St. Paul: 23,245———————-6. Portland: 42,245
7. Columbus: 22,354——————-7. Jacksonville: 39,543
8. Jacksonville: 17,427—————–8. Las Vegas: 35,959
9. Minneapolis: 17,376—————–9. St. Paul: 34,246
10. Las Vegas: 17,062—————–10. Nashville: 28,142
11. Virginia Beach: 15,176————-11. Indianapolis: 24,992
12. Detroit: 15,114———————-12. Virginia Beach: 21,954
13. Nashville: 12,573——————-13. Milwaukee: 18,192
14. Milwaukee: 12,114——————14. Minneapolis: 17,929
15. Wichita: 10,826——————–15. Detroit: 17,474
16. Madison: 9,736——————–16. Madison: 17,021
17. Indianapolis: 9,190—————-17. Omaha: 14,582
18. Pittsburgh: 7,938—————–18. Wichita: 14,107
19. Providence: 7,871—————–19. Kansas City: 13,753
20. Kansas City: 7,312—————-20. Des Moines: 13,139
21. Lincoln: 6,691———————-21. Pittsburgh: 12,929
22. St. Louis: 6,425——————–22. Lincoln: 11,233
23. Omaha: 6,302 ———————23. Fort Wayne: 10,809
24. Cleveland: 6,213——————-24. Cleveland: 10,351
25. Des Moines: 5,239—————-25. St. Louis: 9,505
26. Cincinnati: 4,326——————26. Akron: 8,391
27. Toledo: 3,847———————-27. Providence: 7,744
28. Grand Rapids: 3,206————–28. Cincinnati: 5,599
29. Akron: 3,099———————–29. Toledo: 3,597
30. Fort Wayne: 2,792—————–30. Grand Rapids: 3,369
31. Dayton: 903————————-31. Dayton: 2,575
32. Youngstown: 338——————32. Canton: 542
33. Canton: 296————————33. Youngstown: 196

Columbus ranks even higher with its foreign-born Asian population.

Total Foreign-born Population from Africa 2000 and 2018
2000—————————————————2018

1. Minneapolis: 12,765——————–1. Columbus: 45,092
2. Chicago: 12,613————————-2. Minneapolis: 26,271
3. Columbus: 9,530———————–3. Chicago: 25,573
4. San Jose: 5,189————————-4. Nashville: 18,423
5. St. Paul: 4,697———————5. Indianapolis: 14,965
6. Nashville: 4,183——————-6. St. Paul: 13,594
7. Detroit:: 3,249———————7. Austin: 9,961
8. Providence: 3,138—————-8. Kansas City: 8,558
9. Indianapolis: 2,650—————9. San Jose: 8,546
10. Portland: 2,430—————–10. Cincinnati: 7,113
11. Austin 2,263———————11. Des Moines: 6,191
12. Kansas City: 2,192————–12. Omaha: 5,474
13. Cincinnati: 1,781—————-13. Grand Rapids: 3,932
14. Jacksonville: 1,719————-14. Portland: 3,899
15. St. Louis: 1,500—————–15. St. Louis: 3,777
16. Omaha: 1,497——————-16. Providence: 3,571
17. Milwaukee: 1,332—————17. Milwaukee: 3,552
18. Cleveland: 1,075—————-18. Jacksonville: 3,426
19. Sacramento: 1,051————-19. Lincoln: 2,942
20. Des Moines: 1,038————-20. Wichita: 2,752
21. Madison: 991——————–21. Madison: 2,599
22. Wichita: 946——————–22. Detroit: 2,081
23. Las Vegas: 916—————–23. Pittsburgh: 1,909
24. Pittsburgh: 905—————-24. Sacramento: 1,784
25. Virginia Beach: 840———–25. Virginia Beach: 1,783
26. Grand Rapids: 718————-26. Fort Wayne: 1,614
27. Toledo: 638——————–27. Dayton: 1,573
28. Lincoln: 637——————–28. Akron: 1,312
29. Dayton: 522——————–29. Las Vegas: 1,206
30. Fort Wayne: 384————–30. Cleveland: 622
31. Akron: 197———————-31. Toledo: 416
32. Canton: 89———————32. Youngstown: 277
33. Youngstown: 50—————33. Canton: 95

Columbus has claimed the number 1 spot in its foreign-born African population, passing previous top city Minneapolis.

And finally, the total foreign-born population from the Americas in 2000 and 2018
2000—————————————————-2018

1. Chicago: 357,235————————–1. Chicago: 277,742
2. San Jose: 117,989————————2. San Jose: 119,455
3. Austin: 73,935———————-3. Austin: 97,933
4. Las Vegas: 63,277——————4. Las Vegas: 83,782
5. Sacramento: 28,927—————5. Jacksonville: 49,339
6. Providence: 27,649—————-6. Sacramento: 42,722
7. Milwaukee: 24,781——————7. Nashville: 39,633
8. Detroit: 21,527———————-8. Indianapolis: 37,287
9. Portland: 20,939——————-9. Providence: 32,650
10. Minneapolis: 19,648————-10. Milwaukee: 31,917
11. Indianapolis: 17,530————–11. Omaha: 26,012
12. Nashville: 17,125——————12. Wichita: 23,429
13. Omaha: 14,467——————–13. Detroit: 23,198
14. Wichita:: 13,988——————14. Columbus: 22,469
15. Grand Rapids: 13,477————15. Portland: 20,407
16. Kansas City: 12,948————–16. Minneapolis: 18,765
17. Jacksonville: 11,881—————17. Kansas City: 18,170
18. St.Paul: 9,804———————18. Virginia Beach: 12,667
19. Columbus: 8,596—————–19. Des Moines: 10,675
20. Des Moines: 6,201—————20. Grand Rapids: 10,395
21. Virginia Beach: 5,754————21. Madison: 9,349
22. Cleveland: 5,192—————–22. St. Paul: 9,070
23. Madison: 5,080——————23. Fort Wayne: 7,831
24. Fort Wayne: 4,930————–24. Lincoln: 6,280
25. Lincoln: 3,106——————–25. Pittsburgh: 5,898
26. St. Louis: 2,961——————-26. Cleveland: 5,810
27. Toledo: 2,942———————27. Cincinnati: 4,901
28. Pittsburgh: 2,463—————-28. Toledo: 4,347
29. Cincinnati: 2,432—————–29. St. Louis: 3,545
30. Dayton: 919———————-30. Dayton: 2,816
31. Akron: 891————————31. Akron: 2,366
32. Canton: 347———————-32. Canton: 2,257
33. Youngstown: 333—————33. Youngstown: 166

Columbus does the worst with this group, but even here it moved up 5 spots in the rankings.

The rest of the foreign-born population is made up of small groups of people from Oceania- or basically island nations.



Non-English Languages Spoken in Columbus




Just a quick little post about the non-English languages spoken in the city of Columbus and how they have changed between 2009 and 2014, by total number of speakers.


For the record, in 2014, 14.3% of the Columbus population spoke a language other than English at home, up from about 12% in 2009.