Jewish Population in the United States 2011

Sponsor(s): Association 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

Key Findings:

Jewish Population in the United States: 2011, by Drs. Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky, provides estimates of the size of the Jewish population for more than 900 Jewish communities and parts thereof as well as State and Regional totals. The report estimates the US Jewish population at 6,588,000, 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 I: Population Estimation Methodology" for more information.

An Excel spreadsheet backup of the data is also provided. This spreadsheet also includes about 250 small Jewish communities with less than 100 Jews.

In addition, vignettes reporting on the results of local Jewish community studies in Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Howard County, MD; Jacksonville, FL; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Rhode Island, St.. Paul, MN; San Diego, CA; Tampa Bay, FL; and Tucson, AZ are provided.

Data are analyzed from four tables that compare Jewish communities on the levels of anti-Semitism experienced and perceived in these communities.

Finally, maps are presented showing the location of Jewish communities in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Study Notes:

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.

Language: English