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Irish in America

March is Irish-American Heritage Month
  • March 11 2012

Everyone may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but “Irish” is the second largest ancestry group in the U.S. behind Germans. In celebration of Irish-American Heritage Month (as proclaimed by Congress in 1995), here some facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau on Americans from the Emerald Isle.


34.7 million – The number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2010. This number was more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.


144,588 – The number of Irish-born naturalized U.S. residents in 2010.


39.2 – The median age of those claim Irish ancestry. It is higher than that of U.S. residents as a whole (37.2 years).


13 – The percent of New York state residents who were of Irish ancestry in 2010. This compares with a rate of 11.2 percent for the nation as a whole.


33 – The percentage of people of Irish ancestry, 25 or older, who had a bachelor's degree or higher. In addition, 92.5 percent of Irish-Americans in this age group had at least a high school diploma.


$56,363 – The median income for households headed by an Irish-American; it is higher than the $50,046 for all households.


6.9 – The percent of households of Irish ancestry that were in poverty in 2010; it is than the rate of 11.3 percent for all Americans.


26.4 billion and 2.3 billion – U.S. beef and cabbage production, respectively, in pounds, in 2010. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish.


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