January 16, 2022

Fast Facts and Statistics For St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Heritage Month 2021

A compilation of facts and statistics (with direct links to sources) from the U.S. Census.

From the Compilation:

Congress designated March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991 and the president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.

Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers who served in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

30.4 million or 9.2%
The number/percentage of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2019.

The number of foreign-born U.S. residents who reported Ireland as their birthplace in 2019.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.