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How Irish is Our Town?

A few cities in the Bay Area and Sacramento are more Irish than Boston, but they don't include Fair Oaks, or even Dublin or San Francisco.

Here's a question to add to your St. Patrick's Day celebration: How Irish is your town? Would you believe Fair Oaks has a higher population percentage of residents with Irish heritage than, say, San Francisco?

There's a wide variation in Bay Area cities. Did you know that Petaluma is more Irish than Boston, a city famous for Irish immigrants? Petaluma's population is 18.5-percent Irish ancestry, compared to Boston's 15.8-percent, according to City-Data.com.

Danville and Mill Valley also can out-Irish Boston. Each city's population is 16.6 percent Irish ancestry.

When it comes to Sacramento Elk Grove's Irish population is at 9.6 percent, Rosemont is at 9.4 percent, Fair Oaks' is 14.1 percent, Roseville is 14.2 percent Irish, and Carmichael is 14.1 percent Irish.

San Francisco, host of the West Coast's largest celebration of Irish heritage, the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, has but 8.9 percent Irish-ancestry population, which is still ahead of the Bay Area's largest city, San Jose with 6.1 percent, and more than double the region's third-largest city, Oakland with 4.3 percent.

A Bay Area city that might be expected to boast a large percentage of Irish, Dublin, is 12.0 percent, a figure topped by a number of other Bay Area cities, including Livermore (14.3 percent), Half Moon Bay and San Rafael(both 13.5 percent), Napa (12.7 percent) and Concord (12.5 percent). 

Dixon's population is 9.1 percent Irish, compared with Davis next door at 11.6 percent and Suisun's 7.4 percent.

The list below shows the percentage of Irish-ancestry population for 21 Bay Area cities checked by Patch on City-Data.com on Friday, March 16. (The attached chart illustrates the same information.) If your town isn't listed, you can quickly check it at City-Data.com. Just enter your city and state and then search for the word "Irish."

Albany 10.4% Alameda 10.6% Berkeley 9.0% Carmichael 14.1 % Concord 12.5% Cupertino 6.4% Danville 16.6% Davis 11.6% Dixon 9.1% Dublin 12.0% El Cerrito 8.6% Elk Grove 9.6% Fair Oaks 14.1% Half Moon Bay 13.5% Livermore 14.3% Mill Valley 16.6% Napa 12.7% Newark 7.5% Oakland 4.3% Palo Alto 9.6% Petaluma 18.5% Piedmont 11.7% Redwood City 10.4% Roseville 14.2% Rosemont 9.4% San Francisco 8.9% San Jose 6.1% San Rafael 13.5% Suisun City 7.4%

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