There’s a good chance that nearly 1.4 million people in the Garden State may be honoring St. Patrick’s Day today -- with or without green beer, soda bread and a meal of corned beef and cabbage.
That’s because 1.39 million New Jerseyans say they have Irish ancestry, according to a five-year average of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Indeed, 906,403 New Jerseyans cite Ireland first when asked what country their ancestors hailed from. That is second only to Italy, which claims 1.546 million people in the Garden State, with 1.275 million citing Italy as their first country of ancestral origin. Next comes Germany, with about 1 million in total, 617,000 as first; and Poland, with 573,3491 in total, 391,270 as first.