Posted: Aug 29, 2012 10:44 AM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News
BUTTE- Residents love to use the term "Butte, America". But according to the 2010 Census, you could use "Dublin, America" just as accurately.
That's because the census shows Butte is the most Irish-American metropolitan, or "micropolitan" city in the United States.
IrishCentral.com is reporting this week that the census results show over 23% of Butte residents claim they have some Irish ancestry. That's tops out of 942 cities across the country and shows off the city's on-going legacy to the Irish miners who flocked to the city during its boom years.
Ocean City, N.J. and Corinth, Mississippi were second and third for Irish roots, which just over 20% claiming some "green" in their families' history.
And the Butte percentage is even higher than that hallmark of Irish-American culture, Boston. Although Boston was the "most Irish" city of the Top 50 major cities, the percentage was actually less than Butte, at 19.8%.
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