Jewish Population in the United States, 2014 (Sheskin, Dashefsky - American Jewish Year Book)

Sponsor(s): American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), 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 Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky

Population Estimates:

The Berman Jewish DataBank report on the Jewish Population in the United States, 2014, written by  Dr. Ira Sheskin and Dr. Arnold Dashefsky, derives from Chapter 17 of  the 2014 American Jewish Year Book (of which the authors of the U.S. Jewish Population article  are co-editors). 

The authors review (carefully) a number of recent estimates of the United States Jewish population, noting that the 2014 AJYB estimate of 6,769,000 American Jews [6,768,980 precise in tables] is based on combining results from American Jewish community studies/estimates and is probably a slight over-representation of the U.S. Jewish population due to multiple factors identified in their discussion (such as mobility of Jews between communities studies in different years). 

Sheskin and Dashefsky estimate that the U.S. population is probably between 6.6 and 6.7 million, similar to other estimates that they discuss. 

ALL TABLES in the 2014 report utilize the 6,769,000 million estimate, which is based on (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 on estimation issues.

Table 1 (page 22 of the PDF available for downloading on the right side of this Overview page) provides state-by-state estimates of the number of Jews (plus the District of Columbia) and the percentage of each state's population that is Jewish.

Table 2 (page 24 PDF) reorganizes the data by Census Division and Census Region.

Table 3 (page 25 PDF) organizes the Jewish population estimates by the the top twenty MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the US.

Table 5 (page 29) summarizes U.S. Jewish population changes from 1971 to 2014 on a state-by-state basis, while Table 6 (page 34 PDF) organizes the 1971-2014 changes by Census geographic divisions and regions. 

Part VII, "Atlas of American Jewish Communities," maps the Jewish population of the United States using state, city and regional perspectives (it begins on page 44 of the PDF)

Appendix A presents estimates on a micro-analysis basis for all U.S. communities with at least 100 estimated Jewish residents - it begins on page 61 of the report, page 75 of the PDF.

The excel spreadsheet Appendix A is also available as a separate download; users who print the Appendix are cautioned not to print it twice.

Key Findings:

The report summarizing the 2014 American Jewish Year Book-based estimate of 6,769,000 American Jews is now available for direct downloading. Multiple tables organize the estimate by state, by Census geography, by MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Areas), and by local communities in Appendix A.  In addition, state-by-state comparisons are available for changes in Jewish population from 1971 to 2014 -  as are regional maps of the US Jewish population in an Atlas of American Jewish Communities (maps updated May 26, 2015).

Study Notes:

This article on the Jewish Population in the United States is published as Current Jewish Population Reports, # 10, 2014 of the Berman Jewish DataBank at The Jewish Federations of North America, 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, until succeeded by the new Yearbook, edited by Dashefsky and Sheskin. Please see the Links on the left for U.S. Jewish population estimates from earlier years, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.

Please note that the complete American Jewish Year Book is available via links on the left side of this page, and has an extensive analysis and discussion of the 2013 Pew Portrait of Jewish Americans

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Citing this Report

Springer is permitting the Berman Jewish DataBank to post this Report online with open access, but requests that the citation be to the American Jewish Year Book itself:

Ira M. Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky. “Jewish Population in the United States, 2014,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2014, Volume 114 (2014) (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 215-283.

Following standard bibliographic practices, this could be followed by "...as found at the Berman Jewish DataBank: http://www.jewishdatabank.org/Studies/details.cfm?StudyID=775."

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