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Least Irish U.S. States

Which states have the lowest percentage of people who report Irish ancestry?
For the year 2018, according to the U.S. Census
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Last updated: September 29, 2019
First submittedSeptember 26, 2019
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State
3.98
Hawaii
5.28
New Mexico
5.66
Utah
5.73
California
5.80
Texas
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State
6.13
Louisiana
6.47
Mississippi
6.74
Georgia
7.69
Alabama
7.75
North Dakota
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level ∞
Sep 29, 2019
This is more interesting than "Most Irish States", which are all in the northeast except for, randomly, Montana.
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level 60
Nov 18, 2019
Many Irish in the northeast (like my great-grandfather) worked in the mines around Pennsylvania and beyond. Montana had a copper mining boom which pulled people across. Butte actually has/had the largest Irish population as a percentage of any city in the US.
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level 79
Sep 29, 2019
Volcanoes: the only redheads in Hawaii, apparently.
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level 59
Oct 27, 2019
Feels to me like everyone here in Georgia thinks they are Irish. Of course, I am in Dublin, Georgia.
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level 73
Nov 18, 2019
Savannah has one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations anywhere in the world. I've been, it's a lot of fun.
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level 76
Nov 18, 2019
Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
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level 66
Nov 17, 2019
Damn, the existence of Beto O’Rourke had me not guess Texas. Should’ve still gone for it.
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2019
I've had to delete some strange comments on this quiz. This quiz is not intended to say anything negative (or positive) about Irish Americans.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2019
Is anti-Irish animus still a thing in the US?
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level 62
Nov 17, 2019
There is a strong anti-Catholic strain in certain areas, which of course is not anti-Irish per se, but there's an awful lot of overlap.
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2019
The comments weren't anti-Irish. They were from people who perceived anti-Irish bias in the title of this quiz.
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level 80
Nov 17, 2019
Basically someone got offended over something they shouldn’t have and another person asked what would happen if there were quizzes like this about other nationalities.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2019
oh ok
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level ∞
Nov 18, 2019
I don't know about anyone else, but here in the U.S., I have never in my entire life heard anyone say anything negative about Irish people or Catholics. I'm sure there's some old-fashioned bigots out there who still have an axe to grind, but I've never met any.
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level 66
Nov 18, 2019
hm...my comments are still getting deleted. Now I know what brand of humor is too far gone for this site. Never would have guessed that it would be this.
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level 66
Nov 18, 2019
QM, I used to live in a deeply Baptist area where it was quite common for people to ridicule the religious beliefs of Catholics for being different than theirs. Granted, it was mostly amongst the teenagers, but they probably picked up a few of their talking points from some of the adults.
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level 76
Nov 18, 2019
I remember hearing anti-Catholic comments when Kennedy was running for president. I'm guessing some of the anti-Irish sentiment grew from anti-Catholicism. The KKK was also anti-Catholic and anti-Jew along with anti-African American.
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level 77
Nov 21, 2019
I recall when I was in elementary school seeing Pollack jokes in some old joke books. But... they seemed outdated even then to my 6 year old self. I don't recall ever encountering anti-Irish bias except in historical period films or in what were obvious parodies of outdated racist attitudes. Sometimes you'll see a stand-up comedian joke about the Irish being drunks, or pale, or prone to fighting or something like this, but again, if you understand how these jokes work the primary butt of the joke is not the Irish, but rather the ignorant attitudes of those that the comedian is mimicking. This sort of nuance is very difficult for some SJWs to wrap their head around but it's almost inconceivable that the comics meant it any other way.
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level 58
Nov 17, 2019
Yes, they were a bit odd. I think the commenter assumed that this quiz was an advert for the states in question or something.
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level 54
Nov 17, 2019
I wouldn't have thought TX, and there's Irish in Mexico too!
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level 49
Nov 18, 2019
Reported is the key word. There are tons of people with Irish and Scots-Irish ancestry in the Southern states
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level ∞
Nov 18, 2019
Yes, it is self-reported. My guess is that those people would report "Scots-Irish", not "Irish".
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level 55
Nov 19, 2019
I thought everyone and their cat claimed Irish ancestry in America? Where do you draw the line? Being 1/64th decended from someone in Ireland doesn't make you Irish or even Irish-American in my opinion.
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level 66
Nov 19, 2019
What if you have a small percentage but still have a traditional Irish surname?
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level 55
Nov 20, 2019
It is interesting to me the huge difference between American attitudes to ancestry and those of us in the UK. For example, I am at least 1/8 Irish (a great grandmother on my mother's side) and a bit more due to some unspecified ancestry on my maternal grandfather's side but I would never consider myself "British Irish" - I'm just English. And I only just found out that my friend's wife, who I've known for about 6 years, is half Irish because we were talking about the EU Referendum and she mentioned that her mother's Irish citizenship would entitle her and her daughter and therefore be eligible for a Irish/EU passport.
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level 55
Nov 20, 2019
I would say having an Irish surname doesn't automatically mean you are Irish, in my opinion. I think (recent - e.g parent or at least 1 grandparent at a push) is what counts. But that's just my opinion - claim what ancestry you like but after a certain point I think it just makes you look daft.
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level 48
Nov 19, 2019
I got 100% by pure guesses
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level 45
Nov 21, 2019
I have a lot of Irish ancestry, but I have never seen a demographic survey that asks about that in California.