Calling All Leprechauns! These Are the 7 Most Irish Cities in Michigan
There's an old Irish proverb that says, “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” Anyone who has even a little bit of Irish heritage in them will tell you that is 100% true, especially around St. Patrick's Day.
Let's face it, everyone is a little Irish on March 17th. From coast to coast, Americans will celebrate whether they are in one of most infamous Irish cities or not. Notably, Boston, Massachusetts is considered the most Irish city in the country with a 21.5% Irish population, but what Michigan cities are all about the luck of the Irish?
Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of authentic Irish heritage scattered throughout the state, and others just embrace the vibe through festivals and events. If we break it down strictly by county, Livingston County has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry at 14%, followed by St. Clair County with 13%. Wayne County, and Genesee County with 10.4%. The lowest percentage is Wayne County at 7% according to 2019 ancestral data.
What Are Some of the Most Irish Cities in Michigan?
To dive into the most Irish cities in the Mitten state, you need to take a look at what drove the Irish immigrants to settle in certain areas around Michigan. Although big east coast cities like Boston or New York are known for being highly Irish populated cities, many immigrants headed westward after finding those cities crowded with little opportunity left. The construction of the Erie Canal in the 1830s made it an easy trip to Michigan. Some of those first settled communities still hold that distinction of being one of the most Irish cities in Michigan.
Take a look at those places around the state where the true Irish tradition lives on.
7 of The Most Irish Cities in Michigan