Foreign-Born Population Continues to Grow in St. Louis

by Bailey Tripp | Sep 21, 2017

ST. LOUIS – According to the latest American Community Survey report, St. Louis is the second fastest-growing metro region for the foreign-born population out of the nation’s largest metros. An increase of 5,015 foreign-born residents during 2016 highlights the region’s second consecutive year of growth.

The St. Louis MSA’s foreign-born population grew by 4.3% in 2016. Additionally, the increase in foreign-born relocation offsets domestic out migration from the region between 2015 and 2016. The State of Missouri also experienced an increase of 6,441 foreign-born residents in 2016.

Last year, the American Community Survey reported an increase of about 10,620 foreign-born residents in the St. Louis MSA during 2015, ending three years of population loss in the region.

While the annual pace of foreign-born population growth can fluctuate widely from year to year, the latest figures indicate the region is heading in a positive direction. The St. Louis Mosaic Project’s goal is to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

For more information about The St. Louis Mosaic Project, please visit or contact Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project at or 314-615-8107.

For more information about the study and numbers, please contact Ness Sandoval at