Mar 15, 2024 - Culture

Where the Irish live in Minnesota

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

St. Paul may be home to the best St. Patrick's Day festivities, but that doesn't mean the east metro is much more Irish than the west.

By the numbers: Hennepin and Ramsey counties have a nearly identical percentage of residents who told the U.S. Census Bureau they have Irish ancestry (10.4% vs. 10.5%).

Yes, but: St. Paul has some heavily Irish enclaves, the Star Tribune found back in 2016.

  • There are areas in the Mac-Groveland, Highland Park, and West Seventh neighborhoods, where a third of residents said they're Irish.

Of note: Wabasha, Dakota, Washington, Cook, and Le Sueur counties are among the most Irish in Minnesota, as 12% or more of residents say they have ancestors from the Emerald Isle. (Wabasha is tops with 14.8%)

The bottom line: Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day so break out the green.

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