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A Study of the Jewish Community of San Antonio, Texas, 1990

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of San Antonio

Principal Investigator(s): Debbie Prost

Study Dates: 1990 probably. Report, "A Study of the Jewish Community of San Antonio, Texas was issued in January, 1990.

Population Estimates: Jewish household and Jewish population estimates were not provided in the report.

Report has limited utility: no Random Digit Dialing (RDD) used.

Key Findings: Report briefly summarizes results of 450 interviews from the Federation List and 50 interviews completed from a Distinctive Jewish Name (DJN) telephone directory list.

Data based on Federation list and DJN interviews (unweighted) indicate that the Jewish households known to the Federation are considerably different from those interviewed via the DJN frame:

  • Federation List households were slightly larger than DJN interviewed Jewish households (HH size = 2.6 and 2.3 respectively).

  • 93% of all people living in Jewish LIST interviewed households were Jewish, compared to 85% in the DJN interviews.

  • Federation list households are older: average age presented as 43 for List and 31 for DJN.
  • 70% List currently married compared to 58% of the DJN interviews.

  • Two thirds of the Jewish households interviewed lived in a four-zip code cluster around zip 78213.

  • Intermarriage rate overall estimated at 6%-7% among all currently married male head of households, and 13% among interviewed female head of households. Intermarriage rates higher for those under age 45.

  • Jewish connections data reflects the nature of the interviewees: 80% of the List and 54% of the DJN interviewees reported that they were congregation members. Similarly high estimates were given for Jewish ritual observances, etc.

Sample: Adult Jewish Households in Greater San Antonio

Sample Size: 500

Sample Notes: The data were gathered from 500 individuals in households with one or more Jewish individuals via a telephone interview survey; 450 interviews were completed from names from a Federation list and 50 from distinctive Jewish names via telephone directories.

Sample design originally called for 100 DJN and 400 List interviews, but lower than expected DJN Jewish incidence resulted in an adjustment. Research company indicated in brief methodological discussion that the 80%-20% ratio was more likely than the 90%-10% final sample.

Report issued in January 1991; dates of interviews not reported

Please see the 2007 Jewish Community Study of San Antonio for a study that involves some RDD sampling as the basis of Jewish population estimates.


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