We’re So Irish

According to Robert Sullivan’s latest statistical offering in MassInc.’s Commonwealth Magazine, Massachusetts is very Irish.

“German is the most common ancestral group in the US…but in Massachusetts, Germans represented only 5.9 percent of the population…Massachusetts is the most Irish state in the nation in 2000, with 22.5 percent of the Bay State respondents claiming ties to the Emerald Isle. “

This isn’t a big surprise if you’ve spent much time in Southie — where even the Ianello’s and Cristaldo’s claim Irish heritage.

Also in the fall issue of the magazine, Sullivan (with Greg Leiserson) presents some revealing data on the campaign appearances of George Bush and John Kerry. He maps the candidate’s town hall and speechifying events against his 10 Regions of US Politics, more usful than the simple red and blue states model. Great stuff.

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