Faith And Begorra! What Is the Most Irish Town in Maine?
It is kind of hard to believe that we are only a few days away from Saint Patrick's Day 2023! For many, this could be the first really normal feeling of Saint Paddy's Day since the pandemic turned everything upside down in March 2020.
There's bound to be lots of parties, lots of live music, lots of corned beef, and GALLONS of green beer!
While many of us just pretend to be a little Irish on March 17 because it adds to the fun of the holiday, have you ever wondered exactly how many Mainers are actually Irish?
And, what is the most Irish town or city in the state?
How Many Irish Live In Maine?
According to a 2016 Bangor Daily News Widgets and Digits article, about 18% of the state's residents claim some Irish heritage.
Given the state has a population of about 1,363,000, according to the 2020 census, that means about 250,000 people claim to be at least partially Irish.
Zippia recently listed Maine as having 222,310 residents with Irish ancestry, so pretty close.
What Are The Most Irish Towns And Cities In Maine?
Bangor Daily News pulled demographic data to find the MOST Irish town in the state, and the more "Irish" towns and cities are the ones with smaller populations. Additionally, many of them tend to be in the more northern parts of the state.
The winner, however, is Littleton, according to the newspaper. A small town, 38 percent of the Aroostook County town of Littleton claims to be at least partially Irish.
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