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The Demographic Study of the Jewish Population of Canton, Ohio, 1955

Sponsor(s): Jewish Community Federation of Canton

Principal Investigator(s): Ben Lavin

Study Dates: 1955

Sample: Adult Jewish Households in Canton, Ohio

Sample Size: 2772

Sample Notes: The data were gathered from individuals in all households with one or more Jewish adult(s) in the Greater Canton area. In the study, a household was defined as all members of a family unit living together. The interviews were conducted via face-to-face personal interviews. It is estimated in the published report that the Jewish population at the time of the interview was 2,772, almost equally divided between males (1,373) and females (1,399). For the purpose of the study, the city was grouped into eight districts which covered the Greater Canton area. Areas that were known to have a large majority of Jewish households were divided into smaller grouping areas. A master list of all the Jewish households in the Greater Canton area was compiled. These names were initially taken from the Jewish Welfare Fund and then checked with the membership lists of the Jewish Community Center and the three houses of worship. Included in the list were persons unaffiliated with any Jewish group, but known by general knowledge to be Jewish. Before the interviews were terminated, the list was again checked against most recent membership lists.

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