How Many Expats Are In Taichung?

How Many Expats Are In Taichung?

I often find myself wondering, “How many expats are in Taichung?”  Turns out, there’s a lot.  Of the 2,700,000 people in Taichung, just under 87,000 are expat residents…and that doesn’t even count all the expats who don’t have legal residency!  So, just under 4% of those residing in Taichung are from another country.  For more information about Taichung’s population density, click here.

 

So Where Are They From?

For all the faults of the ROC government ruling over the island of Taiwan, they actually keep great records and make them readily available to the public: it’s an important and distinctive sign of a free society, if you ask me.  There are even relatively up-to-date English documents that have been translated, which shows that the ROC recognizes what so many Taiwanese already know: this nation of over 95% Han Chinese still recognizes the importance of English as a “universal language,” even when it comes to data that very few people will ever want to look at.

But I am one of those people.  I love raw data.  And the documents made by the ROC are nothing if not raw.  So here’s the direct link to a spreadsheet download to show you what I looked at, to write this piece.  The English version can be downloaded with this link, but I used the Chinese because I don’t trust the “update date” on the English version.  I chose to base my data off the Chinese statistics from January 1, 2015.

It’s not the best spreadsheet, in terms of the layout, but it’s rich in data. I’ve made my own sets according to what I think is important, to make them easier to read.  If the country isn’t listed, that means no one from that country lives here.  Which is really saying something: We’ve got people from Kiribati here.  I didn’t even know that was a country.

We’ll Start Alphabetically

NATION M F
Argentina 9 0
Armenia 2 1
Australia 58 19
Austria 8 2
Belarus 4 3
Belgium 8 0
Belize 4 0
Bengal 2 1
Bhutan 5 0
Bolivia 1 0
Brazil 11 7
Bulgaria 2 1
Burkina Faso 4 0
Cambodia 1 11
Cameroon 1 0
Canada 220 99
Chile 1 0
Columbia 2 1
Congo 1 0
Costa Rica 2 1
Croatia 1 0
Czech Republic 5 2
Denmark 2 5
DR Congo 0 2
Ecuador 1 2
Egypt 4 0
El Salvador 1 1
Estonia 2 0
Finland 5 0
France 70 24
Gambia 8 2
Germany 55 20
Ghana 2 0
Greece 3 0
Guatemala 3 0
Haiti 1 3
Honduras 3 2
Hungary 7 1
India 118 45
Indonesia 7437 18483
Iran 10 3
Iraq 1 1
Ireland 17 1
Israel 4 0
Italy 28 6
Japan 771 539
Jordan 2 0
Kazakhstan 0 4
Kenya 0 1
Kiribati 0 2
Korea 179 192
Laos 0 3
Latvia 1 0
Lebanon 2 0
Lithuania 0 2
Macedonia 1 0
Malawi 1 0
Malaysia 1517 1175
Marshall Islands 1 0
Mauritius 1 0
Mexico 6 13
Moldova 5 4
Mongolia 48 70
Morocco 3 0
Mozambique 1 0
Myanmar 27 38
Nepal 7 0
Netherlands 28 4
New Zealand 30 13
Nicaragua 7 2
Nigeria 3 0
No Nationality 3 2
Norway 0 1
Pakistan 8 0
Palau 0 1
Panama 1 5
Papua New Guinea 1 0
Paraguay 5 3
Peru 8 6
Philippines 4649 7828
Poland 6 5
Portugal 5 1
Romania 0 1
Russia 14 36
São Tomé and Príncipe 0 1
Senegal 1 0
Serbia 1 0
Seychelles 1 0
Sierra Leone 1 0
Singapore 53 38
Slovakia 1 1
South Africa 92 49
Spain 23 6
Sri Lanka 2 1
St. Lucia 2 2
St. Vincent 2 5
Swaziland 2 9
Sweden 5 0
Switzerland 11 4
Syria 1 0
Thailand 10735 1672
Togo 1 0
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0
Turkey 25 5
Tuvalu 1 0
Uganda 1 0
UK 182 27
Ukraine 9 7
Uruguay 0 1
USA 991 474
Uzbekistan 4 5
Venezuela 1 0
Vietnam 19639 8538
Zambia 1 0
Zimbabwe 0 2
Total 47264 39547

Ranked by Male Population

NATION M
Vietnam 19639
Thailand 10735
Indonesia 7437
Philippines 4649
Malaysia 1517
USA 991
Japan 771
Canada 220
UK 182
Korea 179
India 118
South Africa 92
France 70
Australia 58
Germany 55
Singapore 53
Mongolia 48
New Zealand 30
Italy 28
Netherlands 28
Myanmar 27
Turkey 25
Spain 23
Ireland 17
Russia 14
Brazil 11
Switzerland 11
Iran 10
Argentina 9
Ukraine 9
Austria 8
Belgium 8
Gambia 8
Pakistan 8
Peru 8
Hungary 7
Nepal 7
Nicaragua 7
Mexico 6
Poland 6
Bhutan 5
Czech Republic 5
Finland 5
Moldova 5
Paraguay 5
Portugal 5
Sweden 5
Belarus 4
Belize 4
Burkina Faso 4
Egypt 4
Israel 4
Uzbekistan 4
Greece 3
Guatemala 3
Honduras 3
Morocco 3
Nigeria 3
No Nationality 3
Armenia 2
Bengal 2
Bulgaria 2
Columbia 2
Costa Rica 2
Denmark 2
Estonia 2
Ghana 2
Jordan 2
Lebanon 2
Sri Lanka 2
St. Lucia 2
St. Vincent 2
Swaziland 2
Bolivia 1
Cambodia 1
Cameroon 1
Chile 1
Congo 1
Croatia 1
Ecuador 1
El Salvador 1
Haiti 1
Iraq 1
Latvia 1
Macedonia 1
Malawi 1
Marshall Islands 1
Mauritius 1
Mozambique 1
Panama 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Senegal 1
Serbia 1
Seychelles 1
Sierra Leone 1
Slovakia 1
Syria 1
Togo 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1
Tuvalu 1
Uganda 1
Venezuela 1
Zambia 1
Total 47264

Ranked by Female Population

NATION F
Indonesia 18483
Vietnam 8538
Philippines 7828
Thailand 1672
Malaysia 1175
Japan 539
USA 474
Korea 192
Canada 99
Mongolia 70
South Africa 49
India 45
Myanmar 38
Singapore 38
Russia 36
UK 27
France 24
Germany 20
Australia 19
Mexico 13
New Zealand 13
Cambodia 11
Swaziland 9
Brazil 7
Ukraine 7
Italy 6
Peru 6
Span 6
Denmark 5
Panama 5
Poland 5
St. Vincent 5
Turkey 5
Uzbekistan 5
Kazakstan 4
Moldova 4
Netherlands 4
Switzerland 4
Belarua 3
Haiti 3
Iran 3
Laos 3
Paraguay 3
Austria 2
Czech Republic 2
DR Congo 2
Ecquador 2
Gambia 2
Honduras 2
Kiribati 2
Lithuania 2
Nicaragua 2
No Nationality 2
St. Lucia 2
Zimbabwe 2
Armenia 1
Bengal 1
Bulgaria 1
Columbia 1
Costa Rica 1
El Salvador 1
Hungary 1
Iraq 1
Ireland 1
Kenya 1
Norway 1
Palau 1
Portugal 1
Romania 1
São Tomé and Príncipe 1
Slovakia 1
Sri Lanka 1
Uruguay 1
Total 39547

 

Now Just the NATO Nations!

NATION M F
Belgium 8 0
Bulgaria 2 1
Canada 220 99
Croatia 1 0
Czech Republic 5 2
Denmark 2 5
Estonia 2 0
France 70 24
Germany 55 20
Greece 3 0
Honduras 3 2
Italy 28 6
Latvia 1 0
Lithuania 0 2
Netherlands 28 4
Norway 0 1
Poland 6 5
Portugal 5 1
Romania 0 1
Slovakia 1 1
South Africa 92 49
Spain 23 6
Turkey 25 5
UK 182 27
USA 991 474
Total 1753 735

Nations With at Least 30% of the Population Speaking English

If you don’t believe me, click here.

NATION M F
Argentina 9 0
Australia 58 19
Austria 8 2
Belgium 8 0
Belize 4 0
Cameroon 1 0
Canada 220 99
Croatia 1 0
Denmark 2 5
Egypt 4 0
Estonia 2 0
Finland 5 0
France 70 24
Germany 55 20
Ghana 2 0
Greece 3 0
Iraq 1 1
Ireland 17 1
Israel 4 0
Italy 28 6
Jordan 2 0
Latvia 1 0
Lebanon 2 0
Lithuania 0 2
Nepal 7 0
Netherlands 28 4
New Zealand 30 13
Nigeria 3 0
Pakistan 8 0
Palau 0 1
Papua New Guinea 1 0
Philippines 4649 7828
Poland 6 5
Romania 0 1
Seychelles 1 0
Sierra Leone 1 0
Singapore 53 38
South Africa 92 49
St. Lucia 2 2
St. Vincent 2 5
Sweden 5 0
Switzerland 11 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0
UK 182 27
USA 991 474
Zimbabwe 0 2
Total 6580 8632

Nations With at Least 50% of the Population Speaking English

NATION M F
Australia 58 19
Austria 8 2
Belgium 8 0
Belize 4 0
Canada 220 99
Denmark 2 5
Estonia 2 0
Finland 5 0
Germany 55 20
Ghana 2 0
Greece 3 0
Ireland 17 1
Israel 4 0
Netherlands 28 4
New Zealand 30 13
Nigeria 3 0
Palau 0 1
Philippines 4649 7828
Sierra Leone 1 0
Singapore 53 38
St. Vincent 2 5
Switzerland 11 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0
UK 182 27
USA 991 474
Total 6339 8540

So that’s my full breakdown about how many expatsare in Taichung.

7 thoughts on “How Many Expats Are In Taichung?

  1. I would love to know how they gather this data. Is it based on tax records, ARC address information, self-reporting? I have the feeling there are more than 220 Canadian males in Taichung. I run into them everywhere.

    • I always thought that there were more guys from S. Africa, Canada, Australia and the U.K. than Americans. I wonder if there is a % claiming to be from the U.S. for teaching or other purposes!

      • I think there’s probably more Canadian than American teachers, but not necessarily in other professions. I meet a fair few Americans that work for American companies that do business or manufacture in Taiwan. Nike has a factory in Taichung for instance.

  2. It has to be remember there a lot of dual nationals in Taiwan, or second generation Taiwanese coming back on their foreign passports avoiding conscription. That probably accounts for a lot of the Americans and probably quite a few of the Canadians and Australians.

  3. The records are from the ARC immigration records, it’s all publicly available and very up to date given Taiwan’s strict immigration controls.
    I’m not sure I would call Thai labourers and Indonesian maids or Vietnamese wives….expats.

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