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Top 10 Largest National Jewish Populations

Rank

Nation

Number

1

USA

5,602,000

2

Israel

4,390,000

3

Russia

1,450,000

4

France

640,000

5

Canada

350,000

6

United Kingdom

320,000

7

Argentina

250,000

8

Brazil

150,000

9

Australia

92,000

10

South Africa

70,000



Source: Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161..


Most Jewish U.S. States

 

Top 10 U.S. States With Highest Proportion
of Jews in the Population, 1995
(including nonreligious cultural/ethnic Jews)

Rank

State

Percent

Number

1

New York

9.10%

1,654,000

2

New Jersey

5.50

436,000

3

Florida

4.60

641,000

4

Washington, D.C.

4.50

2,000

5

Massachusetts

4.40

268,000

6

Maryland

4.20

211,000

7

Connecticut

3.00

97,000

8

California

2.90

922,000

9

Pennsylvania

2.70

330,000

10

Illinois

2.30

268,000



Table: "Christian Church Adherents, 1990, and Jewish Population, 1995 - States"; "The Jewish population includes Jews who define themselves as Jewish by religion as well as those who define themselves as Jewish in cultural terms. Data... based primarily on a compilation of individual estimates made by local Jewish federations."

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1997, 117th Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce (Oct. 1997), pg. 70. [original source: American Jewish Year Book. New York, NY: American Jewish Committee (1995)]


Top 10 U.S. States With Highest Proportion
of Jews in the Population, 1990
(religious self-identification)

Rank

State

Percent

1

New York

6.90%

2

New Jersey

4.30

3

Florida

3.60

4

Massachusetts

3.50

5

Maryland

2.80

6

Connecticut

2.40

7

California

2.30

8

Washington, D.C.

2.30

9

Colorado

1.80

10

Pennsylvania

1.70



Figures represent results of the National Survey of Religious Identification, phone survey a nationwide sample of 113,000 respondents, conducted by the City University of New York. The question asks people to name their religion, and likely missed "secular Jews" who identify with the Jewish heritage but don't consider Judaism to be their religion.

Source: Kosmin, Barry A. and Seymour P. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993), pg. 88-93.


 

Top 10 U.S. States with Largest Jewish Populations, 1993
(Religiously Affiliated Jews)

Rank

State

Population

1

New York

1,844,000

2

California

909,000

3

Florida

585,000

4

New Jersey

411,000

5

Pennsylvania

346,000

6

Massachusetts

276,000

7

Illinois

258,000

8

Maryland

210,000

9

Ohio

131,000

10

Texas

107,000



Source: Krantz, Les and Jim McCormick. The Peoplepedia: The Ultimate Reference on the American People, Henry Holt and Company: New York (1996), pg. 188.


Cities with the Largest
Jewish Population in the Diaspora


New York, USA

Miami, USA

Los Angeles, USA

Paris, France

Philadelphia, USA

Chicago, USA

San Francisco, USA

Boston, USA

 

1,750,000

535,000

490,000

350,000

254,000

248,000

210,000

208,000

London, UK

Moscow, Russia

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Toronto, Canada

Washington DC, USA

Kiev, Ukraine

Montreal, Canada

St. Petersburg, Russia

200,000

200,000

180,000

175,000

165,000

110,000

100,000

100,000