Saint Patrick’s Day by the Numbers (or Perhaps, by the Pint)

In 2012, 34.1 million Americans claim Irish heritage (more than seven times the actual population of Ireland).  On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish or not, people across the country, and across the world, get out and celebrate the holiday. It’s estimated that somewhere around four billion pints of beer are consumed worldwide on March 17. In the U.S. alone, beer sales ring up somewhere between $4 and $5 billion. That’s certainly a lot of tax revenue.

What are some other fun facts about St. Patty’s Day? Well, we’re glad you asked.

  • There are 4 places in the U.S. named “Shamrock”
  • The name “Seamus” was ranked #839 in the U.S. in 2012
  • There are 19 cities in the U.S. named Dublin
  • In Chicago, they dye the river green, which only takes about 40 pounds of vegetable dye
  • While Boston has the largest population of Irish residents, New Hampshire has the highest U.S. consumption rate of alcohol
So, whether or not green runs through your blood, have a fun (and safe) St. Patrick’s Day!