Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Community Study, 1995

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, United Jewish Community: Jewish Federation of Las Vegas

Principal Investigator(s): Gary A. Tobin, Joel Streicker, Gabriel Berger, Minna Wolf, Keith Schwer

Population Estimates: An estimated 55,600 Jews live in 29,100 Jewish households in the Las Vegas area. An additional 11,200 plus non-Jewish persons live in these households, for a total of 66,900 people living in Jewish Las Vegas households.
Key Findings: In 1995:
  • Jewish households represented 7.7% of all households in the Las Vegas area, and 5.4% of all individuals. Average Jewish HH size was 2.3

  • About 8% of the Jewish population was born outside the USA.

  • The Jewish community in Las Vegas is exceptionally mobile; only 1% have always lived in the Las Vegas area, while 49% had moved to Las Vegas between 1990 and 1995; 46% do not have any family members in the Las Vegas area, other than members of their HH;

  • Median age is 46; 19% of the Jewish population is under 18, while 25% are at least age 65; among children, 55% are under age 6, indicating a large market for child care;

  • Intermarriage rates are high: from 1980-1995, about 30% of the married couples are inmarried, 17% are conversionary inmarriages, and 54% are intermarriages. On a Jewish person basis, only 16% of married 18 to 34 year old Jews are married to another Jew.

  • Educational achievement levels among Jewish Las Vegas residents are low: only 54% of Jewish adults age 25 and over have earned a college degree; among those working, only 55% work a typical 9-5 time period

  • 83% of all people living in Jewish HH identify as Jewish or "Jewish and other."

  • Household Jewish observance levels: 70% always light Chanukah candles, 59% always attend a Passover Seder, 13% always light Shabbat candles, and 8% always use separate dishes for meat and dairy;

  • 34% of Jewish HH report synagogue membership - including 91% of HH with annual incomes of at least $100,000, but only 33% of those with incomes under $25,000;

  • 44% report a UJA/Jewish Federation contribution, and another 44% report other Jewish charitable contributions.

  • 37% of respondents have been to Israel; 46% say that Israel is a very important part of their being Jewish; 77% of born and raised Jewish adults have had some type of formal Jewish education.

  • Las Vegas Jews see anti-Semitism as a continuing problem; 19% say there is a great deal of anti-Semitism, while 40% said there was a moderate amount.

Sample: Adult Jewish Households in the Las Vegas Area

Sample Size: 451 completed Jewish HH telephone interviews in 1995. 299 interviews from combined Jewish community-Federation List with added DJN (distinctive Jewish name)list and 152 from RDD (random digit dialing) sampling.

Sample Notes: The sampling universe included Jewish households located in the Las Vegas area. The sampling design involved two different sampling frames: random digit dialing and a combined Jewish community list/distinctive Jewish names list. The two frames do not appear to have been deduplicated in advance of sampling.

Methodological details on sampling disposition included in report.

"Wtfactor" is the HH weight, and projects the number of households to 29,100. Number of people in Jewish HH = 66,892 precisely. See details in the "File Structure" notes compiled by the Data Bank. Report indicates that data have been weighted to adjust for geographic sampling, and List/RDD issues, but no details are included.

Cooperation rates among identified Jewish households were relatively low, reflecting the difficult-to-interview-reputation of Las Vegas households among market research professionals. In the RDD frame, 152 of 316 identified Jewish HH completed the interview (48%), while in the List/DJN frame, 299 of 789 Jewish HH (38%) completed the interview.

The 2005 Jewish Population Study of Las Vegas report shows a community with much lower rates of Jewish connections than those found in 1995; part of the reasons for the major changes may be the low cooperation rate in 1995, when Jewish-connected households may have been more likely to complete the interview than less-Jewish-connected households.

Study Notes: There are 2 data files available: a HH data file with 451 interviews, and an individual (PPL) data file with 982 cases. See details in the File Structure notes.


Survey Reports

» Main Report

Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» Questionnaire

» Weighted Frequencies

Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File

Other Documentation

» File Structure Notes

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