American Jewish Population is 6.8 Million

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The Jewish population of the United States is 6.8 million, representing 2.2 percent of the country’s total population, a new report revealed.

According to the 2012 estimates of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University, about 4.2 million American adults identify as Jewish when asked about their religion, and about 970,000 adults identify as Jewish by background or other criteria. Factoring in that about 1.3 million of 1.6 Jewish children identified as Jewish by religion, 81 percent of American Jews identify as Jewish by religion.

Prof. Leonard Saxe, SSRI’s director and the new report’s co-author, had estimated in December 2011 that the U.S. Jewish population was 6.4 million.

SSRI’s new data said that 24 percent of American Jews are 65 or older, and are more than twice as likely as the rest of the population to be college graduates.

More than 20 percent live in the state of New York, followed by 14 percent in California, 12 percent in Florida, 8 percent in New Jersey, and 5 percent each in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. SSRI also unveiled an interactive map of the U.S. Jewish population.

— JNS.org

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