1984: Buffalo Jewish Community Study

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo

Principal Investigator(s): Kenneth A. Rogers

Study Dates: March, 1984

Population Estimates:

Jewish population estimated at approximately 18,200 as the average of a probable range of 16,250 to 20,100 (rounded by Data Bank).

Key Findings:

Report was titled: "A Community Description and Prioritization Study for the Buffalo Jewish Community." Issued April, 1984.

Report summarizes demographic data on the interviewed Jewish households. Comparisons to Census-based data for Erie County exist for education level, home ownership, age distribution of Jewish household members, household size, marital status, percent of households with seniors.

Intermarriage rate among list-based, affiliated Jewish households was approximately 9% - which was seen as an underestimate of the actual intermarriage rate within the community, since a "...significant number of Jews in mixed marriages lose their identification with the Jewish community."

Survey included 20 "issues/services" about which respondents were asked to report the level of importance of these items to them.


"The number one issue, without question, was support of Israel."

"Transportation services, housing, day care and long-term nursing care in a Jewish environment are all very highly ranked, and reflect the upper middle-aged and senior citizen concerns which are prevalent in the community."


Jewish households in Buffalo, NY area.

Sample Size: 800 completed interviews

Sample Notes:

Study is List-based survey of the Jewish community in 1984 - combining unduplicated households from Federation fund-raising list and temple member households not on the list.

List size was approximately 6,000 households; some details in the introductory section.

Survey error reported as +/- 3.42% based on 800 completed interviews.

Report notes that two-of-three survey respondents were female; data not weighted; data file not available.

Questionnaire at end of the report is also available as a separate download below.

Study Notes:

Jewish Population estimate combined survey-based List sample estimate plus a series of estimates for individuals/households not included in the sampling frame (details pp. 9 -10). Report "estimates" precise numbers which Data Bank has rounded above to avoid implication of a level of precision that could not have existed in the survey. Precise estimates were a range of 16,251 to 20,120, with average of 18,185.

Data Bank version of report added in September 2012 from Jewish Federation source. Copy is marked "Draft #2: For Discussion Purposes Only," and has a few handwritten comments scattered in the text. It serves, however, as the survey report.

Report was submitted to the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Federation by a sub-committee comprised of Kenneth A. Rogers, Martin Trossman and Toby Laping, Ph.D. Federation staff member was Dr. Stephen Grossbard, Director of Planning and Budgeting.


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