who immigrated to the United States brought the traditions
of the home land with them. Many who fled the poverty, famine
and unrest landed on the shores of North America. In the US
today, there are 33.7 million residents who claim Irish ancestry.
This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland
a quarter of the people who live in the state of Massachusetts
descend from Irish immigrants.
With 23 percent of the population
of Celtic ancestry, Irish
Massachusetts has a higher proportion of residents of
Irish descent than any other state, edging out New Hampshire
(20 percent) and Rhode Island (18 percent).
New England states -- Connecticut, Vermont and Maine -- also
rank among the top 10 in this category, as does Delaware,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Montana.
York City has the largest number of Irish residents Boston
tops the list of cities with the largest percentage
of the population.
more Irish-American numbers...
- U.S. residents born in Ireland, which was among the top
10 countries of birth among the foreign-born population as
recently as 1970.
- Tourists and business travelers from "the old sod"
who visit the United States annually.
billion - The value of U.S. imports from the Republic
of Ireland during a recent 10-month period. Meanwhile, the United States exported $7.5 billion
worth of goods to Ireland.
- Gallons of beer consumed per capita by Americans annually.
Some establishments offer beer dyed green in honor of St.
- Number of places in the United States which share the name
of Dublin, Ireland's capital city. Dublin,
Ohio, was the most populous, at 31,392, followed closely
California, at 29,973.
- Number of places in the United States named Shamrock,
the floral emblem of Ireland. Mount
Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia and Shamrock,
Texas, were the most populous, with 2,623 and 2,029 residents,
respectively. Shamrock Lakes, Indiana had 168 residents and
Shamrock, Oklahoma, 125.
still not into the spirit of St. Paddy's Day after stopping
by one of the places named "Shamrock" or "Dublin,"
then you might consider paying a visit to Emerald
Isle, North Carolina, with 3,488 residents, of whom in
a ratio of 1-in-6 are of Irish descent.
Some Irish-American Trivia: Pop Quiz
Think you know a lot about Ireland and Irish-American pop-culture? Take our pop quiz to find out. You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page....and no peeking!!
1. Saint Patrick was born in what country?
(a) Ireland, of course
2. What form of Irish dance became all the rage in America at the turn of the 19th century?
(a) Step dancing
(c) Irish jig
3. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone are said to be given what? (a) Chapped lips
(b) The gift of gab
(c) A sunny disposition
4. Where do leprechauns bury their pot of gold?
(a) Under a tree
(b) At the end of the rainbow
(c) Down a well
5. "Erin go Bragh" means this in Irish:
(a) Irish Win!
(b) Ireland Forever
(c) Ireland the Brave
6. "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral" was big hit for Bing Crosby in what popular movie?
(a) Going My Way
(b) Pennies from Heaven
(c) Bells of St. Mary
7. What is Ireland's nickname?
(a) The Old Sod
(c) The Emerald Isle
(d) All of the above
8. What is Ireland's most common surname?
ANSWERS 1. (c) Scotland 2. (c) Irish jig 3. (b) gift of gab 4. (b) end of the rainbow 5.. (b) Ireland Forever 6. (a) Going My Way 7. (d) All of the above 9. (a) Murphy