MAP: Where in Connecticut to Find the Most Irish-Americans

It may not lead you to a pot o' gold, but follow the darkest shades of green to find out where the most people with Irish heritage live in the state.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but on the other 364, only the sons and daughters of Erin claim Irish ancestry.

Connecticut has more than 200,000 residents with ancestral ties to Ireland — including people who identified as Irish, Celtic and Sctoch-Irish — according to the American Community Survey (ACS), which makes population and housing estimates using U.S. Census data.

Nutmeggers with Irish heritage represent approximately 5.7 percent of Connecticut’s 3.59 million residents.

Milford has the most people with Irish genes (approximately 8,711), with Norwalk (8,682), Waterbury (8,173) and West Hartford (8,063) not far behind.

By population, however, Georgetown — an area at the intersection of Redding, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton — has the largest Irish-American community, with more than 28 percent of people claiming ancestors from the Emerald Isle.

Play with the interactive map above to see which zip codes have the largest Irish populations and check out this list of the 10 Most Irish Connecticut Neighborhoods by population.
Marie Minei Muthersbaugh March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Thank you for elaborating on that. It was confusing when I clicked on some of the towns, and saw very low numbers for some that I know to be much larger in terms of population. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you!
Paul Bahre March 18, 2014 at 07:46 AM
I don't ever remember anyone asking me ever what my heritage was? Irish is in their along with a bunch of other stuff. Irish, English, Dutch, German, Mohawk, it's all good. I did have an Irish Grandmother who grew up in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford. Back when Frog Hollow was full of French and Irish. So like I said I never had anyone ask me what my heritage was, cause I would probably just say I"m an American...
H. Pyres March 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Since it only counts individuals that are Irish and not percent of population, this map is pretty useless. More densely populated areas are going to have more Irish folks because they have more of everyone! Interesting but it takes a lot of effort and thought to tease out any useful data.
Aaron Boyd March 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Hello H. Pyres, We looked at percent of population, too, and put together a list of the top 10 most Irish neighborhoods in the state: http://naugatuck.patch.com/groups/holidays/p/10-most-irish-neighborhoods-in-connecticut.
James Bond March 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Why is this news? What's next where do left-handed people eat?


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