The luck of the Irish is certainly with New Jersey.

According to the recent Census, more than 15 percent of Jerseyians claim they have at least a little bit of Irish heritage.

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Why is New Jersey so Irish?

According to NJ Spotlight News, people from Ireland arrived in New Jersey as early as the late 17th century.

It wasn't until the Great Potato Famine that lasted from 1845 to 1850 that natives of Ireland really started moving to the United States, specifically New Jersey.

Seton Hall University Professor Dermot Quinn, author of “The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life,” said that Irish people of all kinds came to New Jersey.

The different kinds of Irish people who came to New Jersey over the centuries testify to that — Ulster-Scots, Gaelic-speakers, Presbyterians, Catholics, the well-to-do, the poor, and so on.

According to, New Jersey has more St. Patrick’s Day parades than any other state. A grand total of 26 this year.

With a name like Matt John Ryan, it's probably not shocking that I'm 100% Italian.


According to my results, more than half of my background is right in Ireland.

They were even able to narrow things down to a specific neighborhood in Dublin.

That is a bucket list vacation for me.

The rest of my background is Scottish and English. There's a little German ancestry in there.

One thing is for sure, Irish or not, we know how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Jersey.

We are loud and proud with our green and I love it.

Here's how the results of "The Most Irish Towns in New Jersey" were broken down.

Zip Atlas used Census information to gather the New Jersey towns with the highest percentage to population of Irish folks.

I included towns with a population of 5,000 or more. There are two counties that dominate as you'll see.

The Most Irish Towns in New Jersey

Irish people moved to New Jersey and now New Jersey people are moving to other states. Here's where they're going.

NJ Residents are Moving to these 25 Cities

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