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
Coverage: United States
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.