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Jewish Population By State 2021

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
  • 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 2021

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Jewish Population By State 2021

State Jewish Population % of State Population 2021 Pop.
New York1,772,4709.10%19,299,981
New Jersey546,9506.10%8,874,520
Massachusetts293,0804.30%6,912,239
Maryland238,6003.90%6,065,436
Connecticut118,3503.30%3,552,821
Florida657,0953.00%21,944,577
California1,187,9903.00%39,613,493
Nevada76,3002.50%3,185,786
Pennsylvania434,1652.30%12,804,123
Illinois297,7352.30%12,569,321
Virginia150,5951.80%8,603,985
Rhode Island18,7501.80%1,061,509
Colorado98,4001.80%5,893,634
Delaware15,1001.60%990,334
Arizona108,0751.50%7,520,103
Ohio151,6151.30%11,714,618
Georgia128,7201.20%10,830,007
Vermont7,8651.10%623,251
Missouri64,2751.10%6,169,038
Washington75,3501.00%7,796,941
Oregon40,6501.00%4,289,439
Michigan87,9050.90%9,992,427
Maine12,5500.90%1,354,522
Minnesota65,9000.80%5,706,398
Alaska5,7500.80%724,357
New Hampshire10,1200.70%1,372,203
Wisconsin33,4550.60%5,852,490
Texas17,6000.60%29,730,311
New Mexico12,6250.60%2,105,005
Kansas17,4250.60%2,917,224
Nebraska9,3500.50%1,951,996
Hawaii7,1000.50%1,406,430
North Carolina45,9350.40%10,701,022
Indiana25,1450.40%6,805,663
Tennessee22,8000.30%6,944,260
South Carolina16,8200.30%5,277,830
Louisiana14,9000.30%4,627,002
Kentucky12,5000.30%4,480,713
Wyoming1,1500.20%581,075
Utah5,6500.20%3,310,774
Iowa5,4750.20%3,167,974
Alabama10,3250.20%4,934,193
West Virginia2,3100.10%1,767,859
Oklahoma4,4250.10%3,990,443
North Dakota4000.10%770,026
Montana1,4950.10%1,085,004
Mississippi1,5250.10%2,966,407
Idaho2,1250.10%1,860,123
Arkansas2,2250.10%3,033,946
South Dakota2500.00%896,581

Jewish Population By State 2021