Mar 15, 2024 - News

Where Virginia's Irish Americans live

☘️ Share of people reporting Irish ancestry
Data: U.S. Census; Chart: Axios Visuals

The luck of the Irish is alive and well in Virginia ahead of St. Patrick's Day this weekend.

The big picture: About 8.7% of Virginians reported having Irish ancestry in 2022, according to the latest census data.

  • That's lower than the U.S. average of 9.5%.

Yes, but: Nearly 18% of residents in Lexington City — about two hours from Richmond — are Irish Americans, which ranks them in the top 100 in the country.

  • At more than 16%, Rappahannock County and Orange County have the next highest percentages of Irish Virginians.
  • It's about 10%, or 1 in 10 people, in Hanover, Goochland and Colonial Heights.
  • Chesterfield is just below that at 8.5%.

Zoom in: Richmond and Henrico are below the state and U.S. averages at about 7.8%.

  • Petersburg has the lowest percentage of Irish people in the state at 1%.
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