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Scotch-Irish ancestry map The ePodunk map shows U.S. cities with the highest percentages of people of ancestry. Learn about cities with genealogy and find in-depth community information about the ancestry cities.


The term "Scotch-Irish," used almost exclusively in the U.S., generally refers to people of Scottish ancestry who moved here from Northern Ireland. Many of these people are descendants of Scots who settled in Ulster after 1600.

Major immigration to the American colonies began in 1717, continued until the Revolution, and resumed after the war. Peak migration occurred during the 19th century, between the end of the Napoleonic wars and the potato famine.

In the 2000 census, 4,319,232 people in the U.S. claimed Scotch-Irish ancestry.

ePodunk mapped the top Scotch-Irish communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 7 percent of those people said they were of Scotch-Irish ancestry.

The links at left lead to information on other ethnicities.

Community Place type% Scotch-Irish
Donegal, PAtownship13.7
Hopewell, PAtownship12.9
Franklin, NCtown11.9
Morris, PAtownship11.2
Lowesville, NCpopulated place11.1
East Finley, PAtownship10.7
Mars Hill, NCtown10.3
Elizabethtown, NCtown10.1
Cullowhee, NCpopulated place10.1
Gate City, VAtown9.9
Blowing Rock, NCtown9.7
Bryson City, NCtown9.6
East Rockingham, NCpopulated place9.5
Amwell, PAtownship9.4
Biltmore Forest, NCtown9.2
Canton, NCtown9.1
Sylva, NCtown9.0
Buena Vista, VAcity8.9
Mountain City, TNtown8.9
Liberty, PAtownship8.8
Atlantic Beach, NCtown8.8
Scott, PAtownship8.8
Fairview, NCpopulated place8.7
Weddington, NCtown8.7
Waynesville, NCtown8.7
Mint Hill, NCtown8.6
Boone, NCtown8.6
Weaverville, NCtown8.6
Fort Mill, SCtown8.5
Marvin, NCvillage8.5
Black Mountain, NCtown8.4
Hamlet, NCcity8.4
Hanover, PAtownship8.3
Chesterfield, SCtown8.1
Georgetown, CApopulated place8.1
South Franklin, PAtownship8.1
Washington, PAtownship8.0
Brevard, NCcity8.0
Mercer, PAtownship8.0
Burnsville, NCtown8.0
Irwin, PAtownship8.0
Fearrington, NCpopulated place7.9
China Grove, NCtown7.9
Barboursville, WVvillage7.9
Signal Mountain, TNtown7.9
Forest Acres, SCcity7.8
Coats, NCtown7.8
Stanley, NCtown7.7
Pantego, TXtown7.7
Rutherfordton, NCtown7.6
Gatlinburg, TNcity7.6
Bent Creek, NCpopulated place7.6
Baileyville, MEtown7.6
Sullivans Island, SCtown7.6
Fishersville, VApopulated place7.5
Pinebluff, NCtown7.5
Wilmington, PAtownship7.5
Royal Pines, NCpopulated place7.4
Wilkesboro, NCtown7.4
Wesley Chapel, NCvillage7.3
Center, PAtownship7.3
Cross Creek, PAtownship7.3
Princeton, MEtown7.3
Troutman, NCtown7.3
Findley, PAtownship7.1
Buffalo, PAtownship7.1
Clyde, NCtown7.1
Lancaster, SCcity7.1
Spruce Pine, NCtown7.1
East Washington, PAborough7.1
Saint Pauls, NCtown7.1
Lookout Mountain, GAcity7.0
Lookout Mountain, TNtown7.0
Camden, SCcity7.0
Wrightsville Beach, NCtown7.0

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; The Scotch-Irish, Charles A. Hanna; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter

-- October 2005

Other Scotch Irish Ancestry resources:

· Scotch-Irish ancestry message board
· United Kingdom Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records

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