Jewish Population in the United States 2012

Sponsor(s): American Jewish Year Book, Assocation for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Institute - North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut, The Jewish Federations of North America, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Miami - Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky

Population Estimates:

Jewish Population in the United States, 2012 (PDF), by Drs. Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky,appears as Chapter 5 in the new 2012 American Jewish Year Book

It estimates the US Jewish population at well over 6 million, based upon (1) scientific estimates derived from random digit dialing and occasionally Distinctive Jewish Names [DJN] survey methodologies, (2) United States Census estimates of communities that are almost 100% Jewish, (3) Informant Estimates and (4) Internet Estimates.

See "Part 1: Population Estimation Methodology" for more information.

This article is reprinted as Current Jewish Population Reports, #6 - 2012 under the North American Jewish Data bank at the University of Connecticut, and is posted with permission of Springer, the new publisher of the American Jewish Year Book. The Year Book had been published in 108 volumes from 1899 to 2008, most recently by the American Jewish Committee.  Please see the Links on the left for U.S. Jewish population estimates from other years, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.

The Summary Report for 2012 is completed by an excel spreadsheet which provides additional details on sources, estimation, etc. 

Language: English