Jewish Population in the United States, 2006

Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Ira M. Sheskin; Arnold Dashefsky

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: Demography; Residential Distribution; Jewish Identification; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article offers an estimate of the number of Jews in the United States, based on more than 535 local estimates. According to this estimate, the size of the American Jewish community at the beginning of 2006 was more than 6.4 million (about 1.2 million more than the Jewish population identified by the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey). The authors explain the reasons for this significant difference and place the Jewish population size of the United States in a worldwide context. They finish by reviewing new scientific studies regarding local Jewish population sizes.

In American Jewish Yearbook 2006, pp. 133-193.