Jewish Population in the United States, 1987


Publication Date: January 1988

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Barry A. Kosmin; Paul Ritterband; Jeffrey Scheckner

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Demography; Population Estimate; Study

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The Jewish population of the United States in 1987 was estimated to be 5,944,000. While this figure is somewhat higher than that reported for 1986,
it may not signify an actual increase in the Jewish population. Rather, a combination of factors led to the new figures. First, several growing communities recently completed demographic studies and thus reported significant population gains. Second,
we have expanded our list of communities to include a number of places that had never before reported a Jewish population. Finally, we have adjusted population estimates to meet some of the problems described in the preceding essay, "Counting Jewish Populations: Methods and Problems."

In American Jewish Yearbook 1988, pp. 222-241.