A wee bit of St. Patrick’s Day statistics
Every March 17, Ireland venerates the St. Patrick with a public holiday on the anniversary of his death. While not a public holiday in the U.S., it is a day of celebration for many. It is the occasion to have a little ‘craic’ (news/gossip/entertainment) in homage to the Irish with food and drink that, if not Irish, is perhaps green in color, all while wearing green clothes. In the world of statistics and demographics, it’s a reason for another analysis highlighting the local connection — or lack thereof — to the Emerald Island.
A total of 31.5 million people in the U.S. (9.5%) claim Irish ancestry and outnumber the current Irish population by six to one. This means that every person in Ireland has six people in the U.S. (on average) eager to tell them they’re Irish, too, and to ask if they knew their sweet ancestor born in the County Kerry, County Mayo, County Limerick or (pick your county of Ireland here).