A number of challenges confront researchers attempting to devise accurate estimates of the state/regional and national Jewish population. The U.S. census, the only full population count of the country, has never asked Americans to identify themselves by religion.
The studies in the socio-demography project employ innovative research methods and rigorous scientific analysis to arrive at these estimates and better understand religious, family, and ethnic identity in the United States.
National Population Studies
The American Jewish Population Project is an interactive website that uses cutting edge methods to map the Jewish population in the United States. The project, developed by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, is intended to allow comparative analyses nationally and locally, as well as over time.
Our studies of the national U.S. Jewish population include American Jewish Population Estimates: 2012 and Estimating the Jewish Population of the United States: 2000-2010.
Community Population Studies
Our local Jewish population studies include the 2014 Greater Seattle Community Study, the 2013 Greater Buffalo Jewish Community Study, 2010 Western North Carolina Jewish Demographic Study, the 2008 Berkshire Community Study, and the 2005 Boston Community Study. Living on the Edge: Economic Insecurity Among Jewish Households in Greater Rhode Island is a profile of a community facing significant economic challenges. Studies are currently underway in Boston and Nashville. To learn more about our community studies, visit us here.