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Five Biggest Immigrant Groups by Decade in the US

For every decade, name the COUNTRIES which have been the top 5 sources of immigrants to the United States.
Based on the year they gained PERMANENT residence, NOT the year of entry
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Last updated: March 5, 2024
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First submittedOctober 6, 2015
Times taken24,772
Average score81.3%
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2020–2022
317 k
Mexico
255 k
India
150 k
China
90.0 k
Dominican Republic
76.2 k
Philippines
 
 
1990s
2.76 m
Mexico
534 k
Philippines
433 k
Russia
360 k
Dominican Republic
353 k
India
 
 
1960s
442 k
Mexico
433 k
Canada
220 k
United Kingdom
210 k
Germany
202 k
Cuba
 
 
1930s
163 k
Canada
118 k
Germany
85.0 k
Italy
61.8 k
United Kingdom
32.7 k
Mexico
 
 
1900s
2.00 m
Austria-Hungary
1.93 m
Italy
1.50 m
Russia
469 k
United Kingdom
427 k
Sweden / Norway
 
 
1870s
752 k
Germany
578 k
United Kingdom
422 k
Ireland
324 k
Canada
179 k
Sweden / Norway
 
 
1840s
656 k
Ireland
385 k
Germany
219 k
United Kingdom
75.3 k
France
34.3 k
Canada
2010s
1.51 m
Mexico
707 k
China
624 k
India
508 k
Philippines
504 k
Dominican Republic
 
 
1980s
1.01 m
Mexico
502 k
Philippines
323 k
South Korea
232 k
India
222 k
Dominican Republic
 
 
1950s
577 k
Germany
353 k
Canada
274 k
Mexico
196 k
United Kingdom
189 k
Italy
 
 
1920s
949 k
Canada
528 k
Italy
499 k
Mexico
387 k
Germany
343 k
United Kingdom
 
 
1890s
604 k
Italy
579 k
Germany
534 k
Austria-Hungary
413 k
Russia
406 k
Ireland
 
 
1860s
724 k
Germany
524 k
United Kingdom
427 k
Ireland
118 k
Canada
82.9 k
Sweden / Norway
 
 
1830s
171 k
Ireland
125 k
Germany
74.4 k
United Kingdom
39.3 k
France
11.9 k
Canada
2000s
1.70 m
Mexico
592 k
China
590 k
India
545 k
Philippines
291 k
Dominican Republic
 
 
1970s
621 k
Mexico
338 k
Philippines
256 k
Cuba
241 k
South Korea
179 k
Canada
 
 
1940s
161 k
Canada
132 k
United Kingdom
119 k
Germany
56.1 k
Mexico
50.5 k
Italy
 
 
1910s
1.23 m
Italy
1.15 m
Austria-Hungary
1.10 m
Russia
709 k
Canada
371 k
United Kingdom
 
 
1880s
1.45 m
Germany
811 k
United Kingdom
674 k
Ireland
586 k
Sweden / Norway
493 k
Canada
 
 
1850s
1.03 m
Ireland
976 k
Germany
445 k
United Kingdom
81.8 k
France
64.2 k
Canada
 
 
1820s
51.6 k
Ireland
26.3 k
United Kingdom
7.69 k
France
5.75 k
Germany
3.83 k
Mexico
27 Comments
+10
Level 65
Nov 12, 2015
soviet union was established in December 1922)))
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2024
9 years later, came to say the same thing. Guess it still hasn't been updated.
+5
Level 70
Feb 27, 2024
The quizmaker hasn't been active in several years, unfortunately.
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Level 77
Mar 5, 2024
"Austria" works as a type in for Austria-Hungary but "Hungary" does not . . .
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Level 75
Mar 29, 2024
Sadly for me, since I only tried the 'wrong' one.

I wonder if you surveyed Americans whose ancestors come from there if you'd get more who identify as Austrian or as Hungarian. I've never met anyone who said they were Austro-Hungarian. Was that ever strong national identity?

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Level 72
Apr 29, 2024
As Gustav Mahler famously said "I am condemned to homelessness thrice over: as a Bohemian among Austrians, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world."
+17
Level 55
Mar 5, 2024
No Vietnam really surprised me
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Level 52
Mar 5, 2024
Wrong letters "m" in 1990s :)
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2024
534m from Philippines, 433m Russia, 360m DR, 353m India in the 1990's?
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2024
Fixed :)
+1
Level 63
Apr 10, 2024
Funny to imagine
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2024
what happened in the 1930s? why so sudden of a decline?
+1
Level 59
Mar 5, 2024
great depression, began turning immigrants away i think
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2024
The U.S. allowed almost no immigration from 1924–1965.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924

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Level 59
Mar 5, 2024
sad i didnt get our northern neighbor
+1
Level 86
Mar 5, 2024
Tried Austria, tried Hungary, did not combine them. :-(
+2
Level ∞
Mar 5, 2024
Austria would have worked
+6
Level 69
Mar 10, 2024
In the results it shows Austria-Hungary from 1890-2010 when it should be until 1910.
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Level 79
Apr 10, 2024
Kind of strange to see how big the Irish population actually was. I kind of assume everything I hear is biased/Ireland-centric, but being the top source of immigrants for several decades is pretty crazy
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Level 72
Apr 29, 2024
With the hysterical reaction you might expect. In addition to the cartoons depicting them as subhumans, other cartoons from the 1840s portrayed them as whiskey bottles (and the Germans as beer barrels) who were corrupting American democracy. We even had a political party, the Know-Nothings, born out of nativist opposition to immigration.
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Level 77
Apr 29, 2024
And were they corrupting American democracy?
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Level 59
Apr 29, 2024
why are sweden and norway counted together?
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Level 72
Apr 29, 2024
Sweden and Norway were combined in a personal union under one monarch between 1814 and 1905.
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Level 47
Apr 29, 2024
missed India smh
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Level 45
Apr 29, 2024
Seeing the impact of the great depression and WWII pretty heavily
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Level 74
Apr 29, 2024
It's because of laws curtailing immigration during the first half of the 20th century.
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Level 49
Apr 30, 2024
Missed South Korea. Fack.