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Jewish Population by State 2022

Jewish people – or Jews – are an ethnoreligious group that shares a common ethnicity and religion. Jews are descendants of the Israelites and the Hebrews and practice Judaism. Around the world, there are as many as 17.5 million Jews. When taking into consideration those with partial Jewish ancestry, that number rises to an estimated 20.5 million. In the United States, it is estimated that there are between 5.7 million and 10 million Jewish people. This group is known as Jewish Americans. Most Jewish Americans – as many as 95% -- are Ashkenazi Jews that were descended from the Jews of Eastern and Central Europe. The majority of these people were born in the United States.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Jews make up just over 2.2% of the population in the U.S. as of 2020. The highest percentage is found in New York, where over 1.77 million American Jews reside – or 9.1% of the state’s total population.

In Washington, D.C., there is also a high percentage of Jewish American residents. About 8.2% of the total population is Jewish American. This is over 57,000 people. New Jersey also has a high population of Jewish Americans. Almost 547,000 are part of this ethnoreligious group, making up 6.1% of the state’s total population. Massachusetts is home to over 293,000 Jews, which is 4.2% of the total population. Maryland is home to over 236,000 Jewish Americans – which is 3.9% of the population. Pennsylvania saw the largest increase in its Jewish population from 2019 to 2020 when it grew from 298,240 to 434,165. This is a 45.8% increase.

In terms of the number of Jewish people living in each state, the following ten states come out on top: New York (1.77 million), California (1.19 million), Florida (657,095), New Jersey (546,950), Pennsylvania (434,165), Illinois (297,735), Massachusetts (293,080), Maryland (238,600), Texas (176,000), and Ohio (151,615).

Here are the 10 states with the highest Jewish population:

  1. New York - 9.10%
  2. New Jersey - 6.10%
  3. Massachusetts - 4.30%
  4. Maryland - 3.90%
  5. Connecticut - 3.30%
  6. California - 3.00%
  7. Florida - 3.00%
  8. Nevada - 2.50%
  9. Illinois - 2.30%
  10. Pennsylvania - 2.30%

Jewish Population by State 2022

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Jewish Population by State 2022

State Jewish Population % of State Population 2022 Pop.
New York1,772,4709.10%20,365,879
New Jersey546,9506.10%9,388,414
Massachusetts293,0804.30%7,126,375
Maryland238,6003.90%6,257,958
Connecticut118,3503.30%3,612,314
California1,187,9903.00%39,995,077
Florida657,0953.00%22,085,563
Nevada76,3002.50%3,185,426
Illinois297,7352.30%12,808,884
Pennsylvania434,1652.30%13,062,764
Colorado98,4001.80%5,922,618
Rhode Island18,7501.80%1,106,341
Virginia150,5951.80%8,757,467
Delaware15,1001.60%1,008,350
Arizona108,0751.50%7,303,398
Ohio151,6151.30%11,852,036
Georgia128,7201.20%10,916,760
Missouri64,2751.10%6,188,111
Vermont7,8651.10%646,545
Oregon40,6501.00%4,318,492
Washington75,3501.00%7,901,429
Maine12,5500.90%1,369,159
Michigan87,9050.90%10,116,069
Alaska5,7500.80%738,023
Minnesota65,9000.80%5,787,008
New Hampshire10,1200.70%1,389,741
Kansas17,4250.60%2,954,832
New Mexico12,6250.60%2,129,190
Texas176,0000.60%29,945,493
Wisconsin33,4550.60%5,935,064
Hawaii7,1000.50%1,474,265
Nebraska9,3500.50%1,988,536
Indiana25,1450.40%6,845,874
North Carolina45,9350.40%10,620,168
Kentucky12,5000.30%4,539,130
Louisiana14,9000.30%4,682,633
South Carolina16,8200.30%5,217,037
Tennessee22,8000.30%7,023,788
Alabama10,3250.20%5,073,187
Iowa5,4750.20%3,219,171
Utah5,6500.20%3,373,162
Wyoming1,1500.20%579,495
Arkansas2,2250.10%3,030,646
Idaho2,1250.10%1,893,410
Mississippi1,5250.10%2,960,075
Montana1,4950.10%1,103,187
North Dakota4000.10%800,394
Oklahoma4,4250.10%4,000,953
West Virginia2,3100.10%1,781,860
South Dakota2500.00%901,165

Jewish Population by State 2022

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