From Lucky Charms’ eponymous mascot to the pint-sized star of The Leprechaun horror movie franchise, the world’s most famous leprechauns have gone to extreme (and occasionally homicidal) lengths to protect their pots of gold. And with good reason: According to a new report by WalletHub, a social media network dedicated to helping users make smarter financial decisions, the current market value on a typical pot of gold is $1,258,000. Not bad for a mini cobbler.
But WalletHub's data went far beyond mythical creatures, and seems to add some support for the long-held reveler rally cry that “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.” Here are some more of their other “2015 St. Patrick’s Day By The Numbers” findings:
• 33.3 million Americans claim to have some sort of Irish ancestry (which is approximately seven times Ireland’s entire population).
• New England boasts the highest population of Irish-Americans, with the largest concentrations in Braintree, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and South Portland, Maine.
• 52.3 percent of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
• 82.4 percent of those revelers plan to blend into the crowd by wearing green.
• Cabbage will be in high demand, with 70 percent more of the green stuff making its way into the world than in a typical week.
• St. Patrick’s Day partiers will shell out a total of $4.6 billion on March 17th. (No word on how much of that will be derived from green beer sales.)
• Worldwide, 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed. St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day during the calendar year (New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day, and the Fourth of July top the list, respectively). We'll drink to that!