United States Jewish Population, 2018

  • Ira M. SheskinEmail author
  • Arnold Dashefsky
Part of the American Jewish Year Book book series (AJYB, volume 118)


This chapter examines the size, geographic distribution, and selected characteristics of the Jewish population of the US. Section 6.1 addresses the procedures employed to estimate the Jewish population of more than 900 local Jewish communities and parts thereof. Section 6.2 presents the major changes in local Jewish population estimates since last year’s Year Book. Section 6.3 presents a brief migration history of American Jews and examines population estimates for the country as a whole, each state, the four US Census Regions, the nine US Census Divisions, the 21 largest US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the 21 largest Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs), and the 52 Jewish Federation service areas with 20,000 or more Jews. Section 6.4 examines changes in the size and geographic distribution of the Jewish population at national, state, and regional scales from 1980 to 2018. Section 6.5 presents a description of local Jewish community studies completed in the past year (Indianapolis, St. Petersburg). Section 6.6 presents comparisons of Jewish communities on antisemitism. Section 6.7 presents an atlas of local American Jewish communities, including a national map of Jews by county and 14 regional and state maps of Jewish communities.


American Jewish population Jewish population maps Antisemitism 



The authors thank the following individuals and organizations:

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    The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and former staff members at its predecessor organizations (United Jewish Communities and Council of Jewish Federations), Jim Schwartz, Jeffrey Scheckner, and Barry Kosmin, who authored the AJYB US Jewish population chapters from 1986 to 2003. Some population estimates in this report are still based on their efforts;

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    Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Senior Director of Research and Analysis and Director of the Berman Jewish DataBank at The Jewish Federations of North America;

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    Pamela Weathers, Program Assistant and Kezia Mann, Student Administrative Assistant, both at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, for their excellent assistance;

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    Chris Hanson and the University of Miami Department of Geography’s Geographic Information Systems Laboratory for assistance with the maps; and

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    Joshua Comenetz for the new estimates for Jewish population in Chasidic communities.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Jewish Demography Project, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish LifeUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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