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DEBATING IDENTITY: JEWS IN AMERICA

U.S. Jewish Population

DEBATING IDENTITY. Jews in America. Third in a four-part series

April 22, 1998

Since the beginning of the century, the American Jewish population has grown fivefold and been redistributed, with substantial growth in the West and South. The states shown in red are those with a significant share (4% or more) of the total U.S. Jewish population for the year shown.

1900 / TOTAL U.S. JEWISH POPULATION: 1,127,268

New York: 500,000

Pennsylvania: 95,000

Illinois: 75,000

Massachusetts: 60,000

Ohio: 50,000

Missouri: 50,000

1996 / TOTAL U.S. JEWISH POPULATION: 5,690,000

New York: 1,652,000

California: 921,000

Florida: 644,000

New Jersey: 435,000

Pennsylvania: 325,000

Massachusetts: 268,000

Illinois: 268,000

Source: American Jewish Year Book

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