Nationally, 9.78 percent of Americans claimed an Irish ancestry in 2013, the most recent year that data is available. But here in Connecticut, we have even more green than the rest of the nation on average, with a total of 16.4 percent of residents reporting they are of Irish descent, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report.
Across the nation, 33.3 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2013. In Connecticut, the total number of people claiming an Irish heritage in was 587,278 people. Breaking it down even more, 316,679 people in southwestern Connecticut claimed Irish ancestry that year.
When comparing the percentage of each town’s population claiming Irish ancestry, Sherman is number one of the 30 towns that make up our southwestern Connecticut area, while Bridgeport is number 30 with the lowest percentage.
Here’s how the rest of the towns stack up.