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Study of the Jewish Population: Atlanta, GA 1946

Sponsor(s): Jewish Community Council of Atlanta

Population Estimates: An estimated 10,200 Jews lived in Atlanta in 1945-46. Estimate is an average of three methods often used to estimate the Jewish population in community studies (see below) during the time of the study.
Key Findings:
  • The Jewish population of Atlanta was described as both increasing in size and unlikely to move from Atlanta. Survey data indicated that under 1% of the community planned to move from Atlanta, but 48% wanted to move from their current residence.

  • An estimated 3,000 Jewish HH lived in the Atlanta area in 1945 compared to 2,200 Jewish HH in 1943 (based on Jewish community list comparisons);

  • Congregation membership was 56%, Zionist organization membership: 40%, and Jewish social organizations: 38%;
  • Survey described the interviewed Jewish population in terms of age, sex, geographic residence, foreign-born status, occupation, secular education, Jewish organization membership, etc.

  • Report also includes census data on the City of Atlanta, as well as a city population study conducted by the Atlanta Board of Education in 1945. Total city population was estimated to be 339,944 in 1945, an increase since the 1940 census estimate of 302,288.

  • Atlanta Jews are approximately 3% of the Atlanta community (calculated by NAJDB).
Sample: Areas included: the City of Atlanta, and the surrounding suburban areas: Decatur, Buckhead, Peachtree, East Point, College Park and Hapville.

Sample Size: 570 Interviews completed in person in 1946 formed the basis of Jewish household/person characteristic analysis. Interviewed sample was just under 20% of all known Jewish households.

Sample Notes: Report was issued in 1947, using data from 1945 and 1946.

Report methodology, estimates and data summarized are typical of Jewish community studies during this time period.

Data file is not available. Report included both for historical interest and data on the Atlanta Jewish community in 1946.

Estimates of the Jewish population of Atlanta derived from three sources: (1) Yom Kippur absences in public schools, (2) death records, and (3) a sample study based on the Master List of Jewish households (from the Jewish Welfare Fund and other Jewish organizations). All three methods were often used to estimate Jewish populations before the advent of RDD (random digit dialing).

Yom Kippur method estimate was 11,234, Death Rate Method 10,286 and Master List & Sampling Method: 9,132. Average of 10,217. Report describes in detail the methods used to estimate the Jewish population using the three techniques.

The household survey was based on a sample of the community list, geographically organized; 70 volunteers used a survey interview schedule. Study was publicized in the daily press, the Anglo-Jewish press, and through Jewish organizations; individuals were also mailed a letter in advance.


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