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Monday, January 30, 2012

US Census Reports Irish is second largest ethnic group in USA

The US Census Bureau released its annual Irish Heritage Month statistics in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day in March.  The findings reveal that 34.7 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, which is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.

"Irish was was the nation's second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German," the report noted.

In February 2011, the Bureau reported that Massachusetts is the most Irish state in America, with nearly 24% of residents claiming Irish ancestry.  

Here is a breakdown of the towns in Massachusetts with the highest Irish ancestry:

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

To find out about Irish heritage in Massachusetts, visit 

For year round details on Irish cultural activities, visit

To find out about visiting Massachusetts, go to Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism at

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