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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

US Census Reports that Massachusetts is America's Most Irish State

The US Census Bureau reports that Massachusetts is still the most Irish state in the USA, with 23.7% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry.  That's over 1.5 million people in a state with 6.5 million residents.

Boston, considered to be the Capital of Irish America, has 17.4% Irish-Americans.

The data, which comes from the 2009 American Community Survey, was released this week by the US Census Bureau in time for Irish-American Heritage Month, which takes place each March and celebrates St. Patrick's Day.

The Boston Globe's Emily Sweeney wrote a story in January 2011 naming Scituate as the most Irish town in Massachusetts. Here are the top Irish cities and towns in Massachusetts:

47.5 Scituate
46.5 Braintree
45.8 Hull
45.6 Marshfield
44.9 Avon
44.9 Pembroke
44.6 Milton
44.5 Abington
44.3 Whitman
44.2 Hanover
43.4 Weymouth
43.0 Walpole
42.2 Holbrook
41.4 Duxbury
41.2 Norwell
40.8 Hanson

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