The 1996/1997 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Principal Investigator(s): Jacob B. Ukeles, Ron Miller, Egon Mayer, Gary A. Tobin

Study Dates: 1996-1997

Population Estimates: 206,100 Jewish persons lived in an estimated 99,300 Jewish households in the greater Philadelphia area. An additional 35,500 non-Jewish persons lived in these households, for a total household population of 241,600.
Key Findings:
  • Philadelphia Jewish community had declined in size since 1984 study: 4% Jewish household decline, 14% fewer Jews (but only 6% fewer total people in Jewish households);

    City of Philadelphia has 48,000 Jewish households, but less than half of all Jewish households in the area - while in 1984, the majority lived in Philadelphia. Montgomery County was largest largest community with 26,000 Jewish households while Bucks County had 15,000 Jewish households (essentially doubling its Jewish population since 1984);

  • Jewish HH represent about 8% of all households in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, but only about 3% of all households in Chester and Delaware County.

    Five Reports summarize data:

  • Summary Report contains major findings and comparisons with 1984,

  • Believing-Behaving-Belonging Report focuses on Jewish connections, while

  • Jewish Philanthropy explores that area in detail,

  • Geography and Mobility Report focuses on geographic dispersion since 1984, and

  • Economic Vulnerability Report focuses on older adults in particular, but economic issues in broader perspective as well.
  • Sample: Adult Jewish Households in Greater Philadelphia. Geographic area included the City of Philadelphia, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

    Sample Size: 1,437 completed telephone interviews.

    Sample Notes: The Philadelphia 1997 Jewish community study sampling design utilized a stratified random sample of interviews from two complementary sampling frames: (1) a Jewish community list of known Jewish households, and (2) a residual RDD sample, consisting of all possible RDD (random digit dialed) phone numbers in the Greater Philadelphia area, after the phone numbers on the Jewish community list had been removed ("deduplicated"). The residual RDD was further subdivided into: (2a) a "DJN" residual RDD frame which included all phone numbers from the complete residual RDD pool which were published in telephone directories with a distinctive Jewish surname, (2b) all other listed phone numbers from the total residual RDD pool, and (2c) all unlisted telephone numbers remaining in the residual RDD pool;

    Total number of interviews unweighted: List 580, "DJN" residual RDD 94, Published residual RDD 549, and unlisted/unpublished residual RDD 214. Weighted percentages (household weight): List 29%, DJN 5%, Published RDD 41% and Unpublished RDD 25%.

    Detailed Sampling Dispositions, as well as a detailed methodological discussion, are included in the Technical Appendix report. Technical Report indicates that 89% of identified Jewish households (1,437 of 1,615) completed the survey.

    Response rate not reported in 1997. Data Bank has recalculated response rate from Sampling Disposition following 2008 AAPOR "RR3" calculations to be 51%.

    Study Notes: Data File has numerous weights: HHWeight extrapolates to Jewish households: 99,316 precise; JewWeigh extrapolates to Jewish persons in households: 206,110 precise; PopWeigh extrapolates to total number of people in Jewish households: 241,617 precise.

    Data File also has been labeled to indicate if questions are based on Main Questionnaire asked of all respondents, or modules: "OA" indicates questions asked of older adult households, "P" indicates questions asked in detailed Philanthropy module, and "F" indicates questions asked of families with children in a special module. Relevant module weights also included in data file: OAHHWt, PHHWt, and FHHWt respevtively.


    Survey Reports

    » Believing, Behaving, Belonging Report

    » Jewish Philanthropy

    » Geography and Mobility

    » Economic Vulnerability

    » Summary Report

    Slide Sets

    » Slide Set

    Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

    » Technical Memorandum

    » Older Adult Module

    » Questionnaire

    Data Files and Data Definitions

    » Zipped SPSS Data File

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