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Can you name the States with the highest percentage of people claiming Irish ancestry?
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U.S. Census 2000
Baby Names: Ireland
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Highest Irish Ancestry States Quiz
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Jan 22nd, 2010 at 22:28 GMT
Jan 23rd, 2010 at 00:48 GMT
lol at the bonus answers?
May 19th, 2010 at 01:09 GMT
I love the way you approached bonus answers. LOL.
Game published: Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:03 GMT
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Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:12 GMT
You could probably shave a minute off the time... I had time to type in every single state with 40 seconds to spare. Cool coloring, btw :)
Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:33 GMT
Ever have those moments on "blitz" quizzes like these where you're sure you typed an answer in and then you run out of time and you realize you DIDN'T actually type in the answer? Well, Massachusetts. I'm gonna get you.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 04:57 GMT
One would think Idaho would be up there with all the potatoes. You know, if you just go by stereotypes.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 05:06 GMT
After guessing Hawaii and having it pop up as a bonus as LAST on the list, I tried guessing other states low on the list to get more bonuses. Then I ran out of time because I forgot there was a real quiz going on. This is not the first time that Sporcle ADD has bested me.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 05:39 GMT
Try saying 'Highest Irish Ancestry Rates" five times fast...
Mar 17th, 2012 at 06:05 GMT
Somewhat surprised that Chicago's high Irish population didn't get Illinois on the list.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 06:37 GMT
top o' the mornin' to ya
Mar 17th, 2012 at 08:05 GMT
Judging from the answers, I gather "Irish ancestry" does not include Scotch-Irish.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:02 GMT
The time could do with dublin' !
Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:33 GMT
@hodgetiger - Put a cork in it! It's clare there was enough time.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:37 GMT
Good quiz in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Whilst some of the answers were obvious (e.g. the New England states), there were some surprise ones as well (who would have ever guessed Montana?).
Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:46 GMT
When I was running out of time, I tired Idaho because of the potato
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Mar 17th, 2012 at 10:37 GMT
I thought for sure Georgia would be one because it used to be a penal colony.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 11:12 GMT
And they still call it 'New ENGLAND.' :s
Mar 17th, 2012 at 12:08 GMT
I thought this would be too easy of a quiz when every Northeastern state worked. Then they stopped working. Good quiz and some surprising more western states.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 12:32 GMT
it is the Northern States and small western states. ANYONE KNOW WHY
Mar 17th, 2012 at 12:33 GMT
The hands that bulit America.
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Mar 17th, 2012 at 12:40 GMT
I got all of these through sheer typing speed.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 13:36 GMT
Great quiz, I especially love the flag design! Surprised the large Irish populations in Chicago and St. Paul didn't vault their respective states onto the list. A similar quiz by city would also be very cool.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 14:39 GMT
Happy St.Patrick's Day. I live the most Irish town in America. GO IRISH!!!!!!
Mar 17th, 2012 at 15:12 GMT
These Irish quizzes make me want to Kilkenny. (You bastard!)
Mar 17th, 2012 at 15:55 GMT
Guess there aren't really many fighting Irish in Indiana
Mar 17th, 2012 at 16:55 GMT
UGH Of course I try every freaking state in the union except MY OWN!
Mar 17th, 2012 at 17:14 GMT
Aull_Tennis: I don't know the general answer, but I do know that a small bunch of my relatives left New England in the late 1800s and settled in Nebraska. Don't know what brought them there, but I'd guess they had some company.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 17:23 GMT
It's basically about timing, I think. There were few Irish folks who came over early in the republic, they didn't come until the famine in the 1840's and 50's. When they got here they didn't have any money so they settled in the industrial northeastern cities where there were jobs. Their children came of age when the Homestead Act was in effect in the 1860's and 70's, so they went west. Many of them had fought in the Civil War and it kindled a roving spirit and a lack of desire to go back to the tenement in Boston or wherever.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 17:48 GMT
Regardless of ancestry, everyone is Irish today.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 20:06 GMT
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all Irish sporclers! Apparently you have a special fondness for the Northeast and the Great Plains ... well, and Ireland too, of course. :-)
Mar 17th, 2012 at 23:58 GMT
here in New brunswick, we also have the Maine spillover of the Irish
Mar 18th, 2012 at 01:38 GMT
lol after huessing a #50 of hawaii i guessed a #1 massachusetts
Mar 18th, 2012 at 03:02 GMT
Yeah NJ! I'm part of that 15.9%! (I guess it must be brought down by urban areas or something, my town is probably 20-30% Irish)
Mar 19th, 2012 at 02:46 GMT
As with everything else, Massachusetts is #1.
Mar 19th, 2012 at 08:00 GMT
I love the thumbnail pic to this quiz!
Mar 19th, 2012 at 08:14 GMT
@kristifree not football! Too soon? hahahaaa but in all seriousness, massachusetts is probably cool.
Mar 19th, 2012 at 16:50 GMT
Australia is much higher than Massachusetts up to 35-40%, and Canada is 26% so I guess we get around .And in the UK about 25 % have at least one Irish ancestor going back to the third generation . Amazing that none of the Southern States get a mention for when it comes to local folk music the contacts with Ireland are stronger than anywhere else in the USA or the world bar perhaps eastern Canada .I live in Florida and I'd guess that at least 10% are of Irish/Scotch Irish extraction . I read that the world champion (three times ) Irish step dancer is a 17 year old kid from Greenville Ohio who has no Irish ancestry but is of Jewish (Iowa)and African American (Georgia )background . And no ye don't have to be Irish or Catholic to win . All the kid needs to do now is to get an MBA and make 80 million bucks from dancing like yer man Michael Flatley :)
Mar 20th, 2012 at 01:15 GMT
People on here are Galways trying to be real smart with there offaly bad jokes, at laois come up with something more original than POTATO jokes . bunch of louth mouths.
Mar 20th, 2012 at 15:58 GMT
I like this game. Especially the secret answers. I feel like a huge failure now.
Mar 20th, 2012 at 21:03 GMT
@ CECISPANDA, 'There were few Irish folks who came over early in the republic, ' The first St Patrick's Day parade in New York was held in 1762 by mostly Irish catholics serving in the then British army . A large number of the Redcoats were Irish and many did'nt return to Ireland after the British were defeated . The same happened with the German Hessian mercenaries .General Washington promised humane treatment for 'prisoners of war ' which actually helped in the defeat of Cornwallis and the redcoats . The Scotch Irish (particularly presbyterians )started to leave Ireland in numbers about 1740 after several poor harvests and religious discrimination enforced by the established church of the time the Church of England/Ireland.
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