West Palm Beach County 2005

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: January 3-24, 2005

Population Estimates: 123,600 Jewish persons live in 2005 in 69,000 "West Palm Beach" residential Jewish households. 1999 estimate for area was 94,300 Jewish persons; increase from 1999 to 2005 was 31%.
Sample: Adult Jewish households in Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, the Greater Palm Beaches - all of Palm Beach County north and west of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Sample Size: 1,534

Sample Notes: Weight factor "WF" reduces N to 1,344 when adjustments are completed for multiple telephone line households and geographic oversampling.

Weight factor "WFHH" projects data to 69,000 Jewish HH.

Random Digit Dialed Sample: interested readers should review the Methodological discussion in the Main Report. Researchers interested in using the SPSS data file should note that additional syntax files are available for the study, and are included in the zipped data file.

Study Notes: REPORTS: The West Palm Beach Main Report and the Summary Report are available for the 2005 Study, as is an extensive collection of slides summarizing the results. PLEASE NOTE: The 2005 West Palm Beach reports should be understood in the broader context of the total Palm Beach County Jewish community, which is served by two Jewish federations: (1) the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, which serves the "West Palm Beach" Jewish communities from Boynton Beach to Jupiter, and (2) the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County which services the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas. The Data Bank has archived separate Jewish community study reports for South Palm Beach County for 1995 and 2005.

Topics covered in 2005 include population growth, geographic distribution, demographic characteristics, religious profile, Jewish communal organization connections, Jewish education, Jewish agencies and social service needs, Israel, anti-Semitism, philanthropy and data on Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust victims.

Readers interested in West Palm Beach should also see the studies of West Palm Beach, Florida from 1987 and 1999, which were also undertaken by Dr. Sheskin.