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March 15, 2017

We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others.

EthnicNJ looked at U.S. Census data to find the New Jersey towns with the most Irish residents. After Italian (16.6 %), more New Jerseyans claim Irish ancestry (14.6%) than any other. The chart below lists the top five Jersey towns with the largest numbers and highest percentages of residents reporting Irish ancestry, and the towns with the most residents born in Ireland.

More Irish eyes are smiling in Toms River (22,407 residents) than anywhere else in the Garden State. West Wildwood is the NJ town with the highest percenteage (52%) of people descended from Irish immigrants. The Monmouth County shore towns Spring Lake Heights, Avon-by-the-Sea and Manasquan, sometimes described collectively as Jersey’s “Irish Riviera,” all make the list. Today’s first generation Irish immigrants call Hoboken and Jersey City home.

EthnicNJ’s Demographic Maps illustrate the many ancestry and countries of birth of New Jersey’s population, the most ethnically diverse state population (per capita) in the country.

Looking for Shepherd’s Pie, a traditional lamb stew, or a proper pint to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Find New Jersey’s best spots for Irish fare on the Irish cuisine page. EthnicNJ favorites include The Quiet Man in Dover, Nugent’s Tavern in Elizabeth, and St. Stephen’s Green Publick House, in, where else? – Spring Lake Heights.

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!