American Jewish Population Estimates: 2012

Elizabeth Tighe, Leonard Saxe, Raquel Magidin de Kramer, Daniel Parmer

September 2013

American Jewish Population Estimates 2012 coverIn an effort to develop reliable estimates of the size and characteristics of the American Jewish population, the SSRI has used a data synthesis approach to yield estimates of the proportion of U.S. adults who claim Judaism as their religion, the number of secular/cultural Jews (i.e., Jews who identify other than by religion), and the number of children. The accumulated evidence indicates that the U.S. Jewish population is substantially larger than previously estimated.

Among the Findings

There are an estimated 6.8 million Jewish adults and children in the United States.

The U.S. Jewish population is concentrated in a few number of states and metropolitan areas.

Among adults who self-identify as Jewish by religion:

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