St. Patrick’s Day Statistics
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Info Please, BookofOdds
Research Date: July 13th, 2014
Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.
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St. Patrick’s Day Statistics
Percent of adults who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 46 %
Percent of adults who plan on having a drink to celebrate 20 %
Percent of people who plan on going to a St. Patrick’s Day parade 10 %
Percent of people who plan on going to a party 7.2 %
Percent of people who plan on decorating their home or office 9.6 %
Consecutive years New York has hosted St. Patrick’s Day Parade 248
Odds of a child being named Patrick 0.1 %
Total Number of U.S. Residents claiming Irish Ancestry 36.9 million
Total percent of Massachusetts with Irish Ancestry 24%
Number of Irish immigrants who traveled to the U.S. between 1820 and 1930 4.5 Million
Median Income for Irish-American Households $56,383
Percentage of employed Irish-Americans over the age of 16 40 %
Pounds of green dye added to the Chicago River in 1962 100 pounds
Number of places in U.S. named Shamrock 4
Amount of beef in pounds produced by U.S. (2009) 26.1 billion
Amount of cabbage in pounds produced by U.S. (2009) 2.3 billion
Number of places in U.S. that share the name of Irish Capital, Dublin 9
Percent of people planning on having a drink on St. Patrick’s Day 20 %
Total population of Ireland 4.2 million
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