World Jewish Population 2014 - DellaPergola (American Jewish Year Book)

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Population Estimates:

The world's Jewish population is estimated at 14,212,800 at the beginning of 2014 by Sergio DellaPergola. This is an increase of 93,400 (0.66%) over the revised 2013 estimate by the author of 14,119,100.  Since the world's total population increased by 1.13% in 2013, DellaPergola notes that world Jewry increased at about half of the general world population growth rate.

Please note that several definitions of persons counting as Jewish are discussed by the author, including expanded definitions and core definitions.  Figure 3 (page 18 of the PDF) has an interesting and useful schematic summary of the definitional possibilities.

The core Jewish population estimate for the United States is approximately 5,700,000, second to the Israel estimate of 6,013,200. 

The article presents data on world Jewish population in both graphic and tabular format - and places world Jewish population growth in the context of international migration, and other determinants of Jewish population change worldwide.   Approximately 100 pages with 15 Tables and 6 Figures - listing of Tables and Figures is on page 10 of the PDF.


Please see the Links on the left for world Jewish population estimates from other years in the DataBank series, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.




Key Findings:

The report summarizing the 2014 American Jewish Year Book-based estimate of 14,212,800 Jews worldwide is now available for direct downloading by DataBank users. 

Sergio DellaPergola estimates that the world’s Jewish population increased by 93,400 over his revised 2013 estimate - a 0.66% increase.  Since the world's total population increased by 1.13% in 2013 based on U.N. reports, world Jewry increased at about half the general population growth rate.

Study Notes:

This article, World Jewish Population 2014, derives from Chapter 19 of the American Jewish Year Book, 2014.  For more information about the American Jewish Year Book see the link on the left or click on this Springer link or go to

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Citing this Report
Springer is permitting the Berman Jewish DataBank to post this Report on line with open access, but requests that the citation be to the American Jewish Year Book itself: Sergio DellaPergola. “World Jewish Population, 2014,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin (Editors), The American Jewish Year Book, 2014, Volume 114 (2014) (Dordrecht:
Springer) pp. 301-393.

Following standard bibliographic practices, this could be followed by " found at the Berman Jewish DataBank:"

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