The Geographic Distribution of America’s Jewish Elderly

Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Ira Rosenwaike

Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: American Jews; Elderly; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Jewish Population Studies 25 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1989), 145-153. This article draws on 1980 census data to demonstrate that a number of different techniques can be used to measure the geographic distribution of the elderly Jewish population in the United States. The estimates developed here from census data on ancestry and language spoken (in major metropolitan areas) were compared with estimates of persons 65 years and over, based on surveys conducted by Jewish community groups. Close agreement between the data was found; the results also indicate that within a metropolitan area, the age composition of the elderly population may vary strikingly as a result of migration patterns.