Latest fascinating facts and figures on Irish America revealed in Census data

The modern Irish American -- top facts & figures ahead of St. Patrick's Day

Did you know there is an Emerald Isle in North Carolina that has 3,702 residents?

In the run up to St. Patrick's Day, the US Census Data has collated new figures and data on Irish Americans.

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995 and to celebrate, here are some interesting facts.

Population Distribution

150,990 - The number of Irish-born naturalized U.S. residents in 2011. Source: 2011 American Community Survey

39.3 years old - Median age of U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry is higher than the U.S. residents median age as a whole (37.3 years). Source: 2011 American Community Survey

12.9% Percent of New York state residents who were of Irish ancestry in 2011. This compares with a rate of 11.1 percent for the nation as a whole. Source: 2011 American Community Survey

Irish Americans today

33.3% - Percentage of people of Irish ancestry, 25 or older, who had a bachelor's degree or higher. In addition, 92.9 percent of Irish-Americans in this age group had at least a high school diploma.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

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$57,319 - Median income for households headed by an Irish-American, higher than the $50,502 for all households. In addition, 7.3 percent of families of Irish ancestry were in poverty, lower than the rate of 11.7 percent for all Americans families. Source: 2011 American Community Survey  S

Place names with Irish roots

13 - Number of places in the United States that share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin. The most populated of these places is Dublin, Calif., with a population of 43,572. Source: 2011 American Community Survey

7 - Number of places in the United States named Shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland.

*SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau