Greater Sacramento 1993 Community Study

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of the Greater Sacramento Region

Principal Investigator(s): Eliot M. Levin

Population Estimates: There are approximately 8,000 Jewish households in the four-county Sacramento Jewish Community.

Approximately 21,300 people live in these households [the report does not distinguish between Jewish persons and non-Jewish persons].

Key Findings: Summary Report issued 1994
  • The average household size for the sample in the Greater Sacramento Region was 2.75 persons compared to the national average of 2.56 persons.
  • Over forty percent of the Jewish community does not live in traditional two-parents with children households. There is, therefore, a substantial need for services geared to singles, single parent families, and older adults.
  • Children under the age of 18 comprised 28% of the Jewish population, while young adults (ages 25 to 44) comprised another 29% of the Jewish population.
  • 13% of the Jewish population was over the age of 5.
  • Approximately 66% of adults in Jewish households over the age of 25 were married.
  • Approximately 13% of households with children were headed by a single adult.
  • The intermarriage rate of Jewish households for 1993 was approximately 38%.
  • The median Jewish household income was $52,000.
  • Approximately 40 of adults in Jewish households over the age of 25 had a post-graduate or professional degree.
  • Nearly 42% of Jewish households say that they connect, in some way, with the Jewish community through synagogue membership, agency affiliation, or Federation giving.
  • Nearly 80% of the Jewish population had received some sort of Jewish education in their lifetimes.
  • The most frequently observed Jewish practices, based on "Always or Usually Observe" responses are Lighting of Chanukah Candles (79%), attending a Passover Seder (67%), and fasting on Yom Kippur (43%).
  • Over 90% of the Jewish population said that they had some positive attachment to Israel.
Sample: The geographical area surveyed included the four county region encompassing Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado Counties.

Sample Size: 801 Jewish households interviewed May-June, 1993 from a combined Federation mailing list, Jewish agency and synagogue lists, and Distinctive Jewish names from voting lists.

Sample Notes: No Data File is currently available.

Non-RDD nature of interviews makes Jewish household and population estimates probably conservative – but also makes it likely that the surveyed households are more connected to the Jewish community than those not included in an RDD-model. There is no way to estimate the relative proportion of those surveyed and those Jewish households not included in the sampling design.

Although the geographical area surveyed included the four county region encompassing Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado Counties, 85% of the households surveyed resided in Sacramento and Yolo counties since the primary objectives of the study were to measure service utilization and campus feasibility.


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