Chicago 2000-2001

Sponsor(s): Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)

Principal Investigator(s): Melissa Herrmann, Dale Kulp, Peter Friedman

Study Dates: June 2000 - January 2001.

Population Estimates: 270,500 Jewish persons live in 137,700 Jewish households in Metropolitan Chicago (see discussion below). Total of 327,200 people live in these Jewish households.
Key Findings: The Jewish population of Metropolitan Chicago (Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will and Kane Counties) has increased steadily over the past two decades, increasing by 9% from the 1982 study estimate of 248,000 Jewish persons to the 2001 estimate of 270,500.

  • In the 1990-1991 Study, an estimated 261,000 Jews lived in the same geographic area; from 19991 to 2001 the Jewish population increased approximately 4%.

  • The definition of Jewish persons used in the Chicago 2001 study follows the definition used in previous studies funded by JUF, counting as "Jewish" only those household members who are unambiguously Jewish.

  • "Jewish-and-something else-other religion" household members are not counted as Jewish persons in the Chicago Jewish population studies.

The Jewish population grew considerably in the Northwest suburbs, which included 19% of the Jewish population in 2001 compared to 8% in 1991.

Children under age 18 constitute 21% of Jewish persons in Chicago while Jewish seniors 65 and older represent 17% of Jewish persons (see separate report on 65+ Jewish population below).

18% of Jewish persons are married to a non-Jewish spouse; age of respondent is strongly related to intermarriage: 37% of Jewish respondents under age 30 report being married to a non-Jewish spouse.

The percentage of Jewish households which report synagogue membership is 42%.

While 57% of respondents reported in 1991 that most or all of their friends were Jewish, only 45% answered similarly by 2001. In general, Jewish diversity has increased in Metropolitan Chicago.

Social service needs for Chicago's Jewish households: 15% needed family or personal counseling, 9% job or career assistance, 8% financial assistance, 5% education or learning problems, 5% needed services for mental disabilities and 5% for physically disabled persons.

Sample: Adult Jewish households and Jewish persons living in a six county Metropolitan Chicago area.

Sample Size: 2,072 interviews completed - interviews with 2,048 unambiguously Jewish persons used as the basis of JUF reports on the 2000-2011 Study; data file includes all 2,072 "Jewish" respondents, some of whom had a Jewish and other religion identity.

Sample Notes: The 2000-2001 Metropolitan Chicago Jewish Community Study was conducted by ICR (International Communications Research's social science research department which by 2010 had become SSRS (Social Science Research Solutions.

The sampling design utilized two complementary, stratified random sampling frames within Metropolitan Chicago: (1) An unduplicated, Jewish community list of known households generated from the lists of the JUF/Jewish Federation; and, (2) a residual random digit dialing (RDD) frame with two strata based upon an aprioi estimate of Jewish incidence (RDD-high, RDD-low); the residual RDD frame included all possible telephone numbers in the Study area, after the List telephone numbers had electronically purged.

    Some methodological details are summarized in the Research Methodology report, originally drafted by the late Dale Kulp and revised in 2011 by the Data Bank.
Study Notes: Data file revised and updated by Data Bank (Ron Miller) in August 2011 from files provided by Peter Friedman and Bruce Phillips.

Number of cases/interviews = 2,072.

Household weight - three variables have been kept in the file - all have the same Household Weight data .. v1217 hhwt, v1220 core_wgt and v1223 core_wgt2. All extrapolate to 137,696 precise, rounded in reports as 137,700 Jewish households.

Jewish respondents weight - similar to NJPS 2001 "Wgtresp3" was originally called "pop" weight; changed by Ron Miller for Data Bank version to v1218 wgt_JewRespondents. Extrapolates to 211,013 Jewish adults - see "Summary Report" below, page 2.

Total population in Jewish households weight - v1339 - wgt_people computed by Ron Miller based on HHtotal * core_wgt; extrapolates to 327,128 precise (reported in 2000 reports as 327,200)


Survey Reports

» Summary Report

» Information Regarding Chicago's 65+ Population

Slide Sets

» Slide Presentation to Board of Rabbis

» Full Slide Set: Strengths and Challenges

Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» Screener & Questionnaire

» Research Methodology

Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File

Other Documentation

» Lakeville Revisited: Spatial Assimilation of Chicago Jews (1982, 1990, 2001 Chicago Studies)

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