February 6, 2016

US Spends Tons of Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Due to my Scotch-Irish heritage [Irish clan - O'Rife; Scottish clans - Graham & Campbell], I felt compelled to discuss  the incredible amounts of money Americans plop down for St. Paddy’s Day. According to Statista, over 36 million Americans have some claim to Irish heritage. That’s approaching seven times the current population of the green isle. The Irish have been crossing the Atlantic in search of freedom and a fresh start since the first Europeans from England did the same (some think early Celts were here even way Columbus). As the US population expanded, so did the number of those with family ties to Ireland.

Millions of Americans with Irish ancestry gives us plenty of reason to spend our cash on St. Patrick’s Day festivities. OK, that and the fact that the day gives people an excuse to drink …a LOT. Just sayin’.

So, just how much do Americans spend on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick's Day spending in US

Get this infographic and more at Statista

I’ll leave you with my favorite Gaelic saying for this time of year -

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.


  1. Great infographic and information St. Patty’s Day!

    I love St. Patrick’s Day and will be in Downtown Cleveland tomorrow. I hope I get to see the parade.
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    • We love it too, Amandah! We’ve got activities going on all day in The Woodlands tomorrow and a parade in the evening. All the private parties happened over this past weekend, though, and there were some pretty wild Irish antics going on!

      Thanks for stopping by. If you get parade pics, post them on FB or G+, so I can see them!

  2. Wow, now I’m trying to think of all the people I know who are named Patrick. One out of 161 seems like a lot!
    Thanks for sharing these fun facts.
    (I wore green to celebrate.)
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    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my Gaelic cheer for St. Patrick’s Day! I know six people named Patrick. A couple of them are just acquaintances, but others are people I actually know and interact with quite often. Glad you wore your green, so you didn’t get pinched! Thanks for stopping by. ~Samantha

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