Nationally, 11.1 percent of Americans claim an Irish ancestry. But here in Connecticut, we have even more green than the rest of the nation on average, with a total of 17.1 percent of residents reporting they are of Irish descent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Across the nation, 34.5 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2011. That’s “more than seven times the population of Ireland itself,” which has a total population of 4.68 million people, according to the census bureau. In Southwestern Connecticut, the total number of people claiming an Irish heritage is 174,739 people.
In numbers, Fairfield has the largest total population of Irish descent, with 14,802 residents claiming to hail from the Emerald Isle. But while that stacks up to about one in four residents, there are smaller towns with even more pronounced Irish populations; when comparing the percentage of each town’s population claiming Irish ancestry, Fairfield is No. 6 of the 30 towns that make up our Southwestern Connecticut area.
Here’s how the towns stack up.