Kiss Me, I’m Irish!
Did you know that March is designated as Irish-American Heritage Month in the United States? In 1991, Congress declared it to be an annual observance, and each year there is a proclamation by the President to mark the occasion.
Here are some fun, Irish-related statistics that have been gathered and reported by United States Census Bureau.
- In 2015, 10.2% of the U.S. population claimed Irish ancestry. The state of Massachusetts is the home of the highest population of those, at 20.2% of its residents.
- The population of South Bend, Indiana is 101, 516. South Bend is the home of the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame. Only 8.1% of those residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2015.
- 21.1% of the residents of Boston metro area claim to have an Irish background. Boston is home to the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
That Old Irish Spirit
- There are 15 places in the U.S. (either cities or counties) that share their name with Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
- There are six places in the U.S. called Shamrock. (OK, TX, MN, MO & NE)
- You could visit Irishtown, Illinois if you are looking for a lucky charm.
- Maybe try your luck in one of the places called Clover. (SC, IL, MN, PA, VA, WV or WS)
There are many more interesting facts about Irish-Americans on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website. You can read about it here.