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American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, according to a major new survey by the Pew Research Center. But the survey also suggests that Jewish identity is changing in America…
There are at least 6.8 million Jewish adults and children in the United States. A majority of Jewish adults (~80%) self-identify as Jewish when asked what their religion is. This corresponds to 4.2 million adults or 1.8% of the total U.S. adult population. The map included displays the distribution of this portion of the Jewish population. Lower and upper bounds on the estimates, representing the "margin of error," are also displayed. For each geographic region, socio-demographic characteristics of the Jewish population are displayed in the panel to the right of the map.
This article is reprinted as Current Jewish Population Reports, #6 - 2012 under the North American Jewish Data bank at the University of Connecticut, and is posted with permission of Springer, the new publisher of the American Jewish Year Book. The Year Book had been published in 108 volumes from 1899 to 2008, most recently by the American Jewish Committee. Please see the Links on the left for U.S. Jewish population estimates from other years, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.
The Baltimore Jewish Council was involved in the 2010 U.S. Census effort serving on many subcommittees and the Executive Committee of Baltimore City's Complete Count Campaign. The Census counts every resident in the United States and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. Did you know the 2010 Census helped communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds and the data collected helped determine the number of seats Maryland and other states have in the U.S. House of Representatives? Census data affects funding & political representation for our community.
Since the last study, the number of Jewish persons increased about 2%, the number of all people in Jewish households increased 16% [partially an empty-nester phenomenon as adult children moved out of their parents homes in areas like Owings Mills, and established their own households]. Newcomers: 10% of respondents in Baltimore Jewish households have moved to the community within the ten years prior to the survey; newcomers are disproportionately younger adults.
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