Thursday, March 15, 2018

Are you an #Irish American-- do you make #Cornbeef and Cabbage-- that's Irish American, too! #Tirgearr Donahue Series features Irish Americans


According to Census data, there are 39.6 million American who claim Irish heritage including five million who say they are of Scots-Irish heritage. That number is almost seven times larger than the entire population of Ireland (6.3 million). After German, Irish is the most common ancestry of Americans. Now Jed Kulko, chief economist for Trulia, has created a map showing the areas with the most concentrated number of Irish Americans.

“Irish Americans are at least 5 percent of the population in most counties across the U.S., and 10 percent or more in most of New England, New York state, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and other smaller counties across the country," he said.

With 12.9 percent of its residents claiming Irish ancestry, New York has the most concentrated Irish American population. At 20.4 percent, Boston has the most concentrated Irish population for a city, while Miami, at 1 percent, has the least.

According to Kolko's data, the one neighborhood in the entire U.S. that has the largest Irish American population is Breezy Point in Queens, where 54.3 percent of its population claim Irish ancestry.

Kolko says that new Irish immigrants to the U.S. tend to settle in areas that already have a large Irish population. The picture below is courtesy of Trulia.

My books with Tirgearr Publishing in Ireland feature Irish Americans-- the Donahue Series.

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