Thursday, March 13, 2014

if only Irish for a day

Yes, we will all be Irish for a day, but how much has changed in the city of Pittsburgh?

addendum (March15): Trib has this running Saturday Though scattered all over, Irish are region's 2nd-largest nationality

In 1910, over 18K residents of the city of Pittsburgh's population were literally born in Ireland. The number was actually down from over 23K a decade earlier. As of the latest data*, there are a grand total of 89 native born Irish residing within the city. Not a typo..  89 as in 100 minus 11. About the same number as those born in Peru (87) and a lot less than the number of those born in China writ large (3,614).

From a post a couple years ago, I have not updated the map, but what you get for the pattern of those claiming some Irish ancestry across Allegheny County. A map I add a marginal bit of green to myself. I bet this has not changed all that much of late.

Still...  see you at the parade!

* That would be the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. So yes, I reference a 'count,' having little else to go on an the % born in Ireland is too small a % to be meaningful.  The margin of error on the estimate of 89 folks born in Ireland? Plus or minus 60.


Blogger Vannevar said...

I'm surprised that you left unstated the clear threat to our cultural icon, the Shamrock Shake. With numbers like 89, our best hope is that Congress will declare war on Ireland (because Chelsea Manning is pretty pasty-pale, and Edward Snowden hales from County Cork) and then Conflict Kitchen will still sell the minty goodness.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Invade Ireland? Does the Golden Arches Theory still hold?

Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger PS said...

As one of the estimated 89, sounds about right to me. There was significant immigration from Ireland to the US in the 1980s but that was not a time when Pittsburgh was an attractive destination for job-seekers ...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I've never had a Shamrock Shake. Or a beer dyed green. I'd prefer something more traditional, like invading Canada.

Friday, March 14, 2014 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger Vannevar said...

I believe we're about to see the Golden Arches Theory tested in Ukraine.

Perhaps there'll be a St. Patrick's ceasefire, when warriors from both lines will play soccer between the trenchlines and drink Shamrock Shakes.

Friday, March 14, 2014 9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael Lamb said...


Thanks for that stat. It is something I have witnessed. Recently commented to my brother at an Irish wake that there weren't any greenhorns left. When we were kids most of the funeral parlor had a brogue. Not any more.

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet, for some reason, as the number of Irish shrink the number of days that we celebrate St. Patrick expands.

Regarding the highest concentration of Irish in the county--the red blotch--isn't that near the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:37:00 AM  

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