will no longer be included in official US census figures
move by Census Bureau as new Irish American figures announced
BERNIE MALONE, IrishCentral Staff Writer
Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:32 AM
Friday, January 6, 2012, 9:46 AM
35 million people currently living in the US claim Irish ancestry,
according to the just released figures from the Census Bureau’s
annual American Community Survey for 2010.
in a controversial move the figures for the numbers of Scotch-Irish are
no longer available. The Census Bureau has announced the change.
a statement they said “While the ancestry tables will all look the
same, the interpretation of the "Scotch-Irish" and "Other
groups" estimates will change… Individuals reporting
Irish-Scotch are no longer tabulated as "Scotch-Irish" but
rather are included in the "Other groups" category.”
information could well upset the millions of Americans who are of
Scotch-Irish heritage which will no longer now be acknowledged as a
Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has been an outspoken advocate of the
Scotch-Irish and wrote a best selling book called "Born
Fighting” about them.
the most famous Scotch-Irish are Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett and
President Chester Arthur.
of the appeal for Northern Ireland tourism efforts to woo American
tourists has been aimed at the Scotch-Irish, primarily in the south. Now
it will be far more difficult to locate them.
latest figures show a total of 34,669,616 people residing in the US claim
Massachusetts continues to have the highest concentration of Irish, with
almost one-in-four claiming Irish ancestry.
has the lowest percentage, with less than one-in-twenty residents
claiming Irish roots.
The data shows that the Irish are the fourth largest ethnic group in the
US in 2010, representing a 11.21 percent of the population.
to the census, persons of Irish ancestry live in all 50 states. A total
of 11 states have more than one million persons of Irish or Scotch-Irish
The Florida Irish Heritage Centre reports that Florida
has the fifth largest population of Irish or Scotch-Irish ancestry