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Jewish Population by State 2020

Jewish people – or Jews – are an ethnoreligious group that share 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% of the population in the U.S. as of 2018. The highest percentage is found in the state of New York, where over 1.76 million American Jews reside – or nearly 9% of the state’s total population.

In Washington, D.C., there is also a high percentage of Jewish American residents. About 8.3% of the total population is Jewish American. This is over 57,000 people. New Jersey also has a high population of Jewish Americans. Over half a million people 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 over 4% of the total population. Maryland is home to over 236,000 Jewish Americans – which is 3.9% of the population.

In terms of the number of Jewish people living in each state, the following 10 states come out on top:

Here are the 10 states with the highest Jewish population:

  1. New York (8.90%)
  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 2020

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Jewish Population by State 2020

State Jewish Population % of State Population 2020 Pop.
New York1,768,7708.90%19,440,500
New Jersey545,4506.10%8,936,570
Massachusetts293,0804.30%6,976,600
Maryland236,6003.90%6,083,120
Connecticut117,8503.30%3,563,080
Florida629,1203.00%21,993,000
California1,182,9903.00%39,937,500
Nevada76,3002.50%3,139,660
Pennsylvania298,2402.30%12,820,900
Illinois298,0352.30%12,659,700
Virginia150,1451.80%8,626,210
Rhode Island18,7501.80%1,056,160
Colorado102,6001.80%5,845,530
Delaware15,1001.60%982,895
Arizona106,7251.50%7,378,490
Ohio148,1151.30%11,747,700
Georgia128,5201.20%10,736,100
Missouri64,2751.10%6,169,270
Washington72,1851.00%7,797,100
Vermont5,9851.00%628,061
Oregon40,6501.00%4,301,090
Michigan87,9050.90%10,045,000
Maine12,5500.90%1,345,790
New Hampshire10,1200.80%1,371,250
Minnesota45,6000.80%5,700,670
Alaska5,7500.80%734,002
Wisconsin33,0550.60%5,851,750
Texas166,5050.60%29,472,300
New Mexico12,6250.60%2,096,640
Kansas17,3000.60%2,910,360
Nebraska9,3500.50%1,952,570
Hawaii7,1000.50%1,412,690
Indiana25,2450.40%6,745,350
Tennessee21,8000.30%6,897,580
South Carolina16,8200.30%5,210,100
North Carolina35,4350.30%10,611,900
Louisiana13,9000.30%4,645,180
Kentucky11,2000.30%4,499,690
Wyoming1,1500.20%567,025
Utah5,6500.20%3,282,120
Iowa5,4500.20%3,179,850
Alabama9,5250.20%4,908,620
West Virginia2,3100.10%1,778,070
Oklahoma4,4250.10%3,954,820
North Dakota4000.10%761,723
Montana1,3950.10%1,086,760
Mississippi1,5250.10%2,989,260
Idaho2,1250.10%1,826,160
Arkansas2,2250.10%3,039,000
South Dakota2500.00%903,027