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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%19,223,191
New Jersey546,9506.10%8,870,685
Massachusetts293,0804.30%6,922,107
Maryland238,6003.90%6,075,314
Connecticut118,3503.30%3,546,588
Florida657,0953.00%22,177,997
California1,187,9903.00%39,664,128
Nevada76,3002.50%3,238,601
Pennsylvania434,1652.30%12,805,190
Illinois297,7352.30%12,518,071
Virginia150,5951.80%8,638,218
Rhode Island18,7501.80%1,062,583
Colorado98,4001.80%5,961,083
Delaware15,1001.60%998,619
Arizona108,0751.50%7,640,796
Ohio151,6151.30%11,727,377
Georgia128,7201.20%10,936,299
Vermont7,8651.10%622,882
Missouri64,2751.10%6,184,843
Washington75,3501.00%7,887,965
Oregon40,6501.00%4,325,290
Michigan87,9050.90%9,995,212
Maine12,5500.90%1,359,677
Minnesota65,9000.80%5,739,781
Alaska5,7500.80%720,763
New Hampshire10,1200.70%1,378,449
Wisconsin33,4550.60%5,867,518
Texas176,0000.60%30,097,526
New Mexico12,6250.60%2,109,093
Kansas17,4250.60%2,919,179
Nebraska9,3500.50%1,960,790
Hawaii7,1000.50%1,401,709
North Carolina45,9350.40%10,807,491
Indiana25,1450.40%6,842,385
Tennessee22,8000.30%7,001,803
South Carolina16,8200.30%5,342,388
Louisiana14,9000.30%4,616,106
Kentucky12,5000.30%4,487,233
Wyoming1,1500.20%582,233
Utah5,6500.20%3,363,182
Iowa5,4750.20%3,174,426
Alabama10,3250.20%4,949,697
West Virginia2,3100.10%1,755,715
Oklahoma4,4250.10%4,007,179
North Dakota4000.10%774,008
Montana1,4950.10%1,093,117
Mississippi1,5250.10%2,961,536
Idaho2,1250.10%1,896,652
Arkansas2,2250.10%3,042,017
South Dakota2500.00%902,542

Jewish Population by State 2022

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