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The Estimated Jewish Population of the New York Area 1900 - 1975

Sponsor(s): Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, UJA-Federation of New York

Principal Investigator(s): C. Morris Horowitz, Lawrence J. Kaplan

Study Dates: 1959

Population Estimates: Estimated Jewish Population of the eight-county area (New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County) was 2,579,000 in 1959.
Key Findings: Historic report summarizes New York area Jewish population estimates from 1900 through 1957-58, with projections for 1975 included. An invaluable compilation of data.
  • Estimates from 1900 through 1950 are New York City only. Jewish population of New York City increased from 598,000 in 1900 to 1,997,000 in 1950

  • Table 6 (PDF page 15) summarizes New York City Jewish population data historically, and includes summary discussion of estimation procedures. Jewish population data for 1957 was actually compiled in 1958 since the "Yom Kippur" school attendance/absence method was used as the basis of Jewish population estimation, and in 1957 Yom Kippur was on a Saturday

  • 400 page report summarizes data on Jewish population for New York City, the 5 Boroughs of New York City, and by geographic subdivisions ("districts") from the early 1900s through 1957-58, with projections to 1975.

  • Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau County data for 1957-58 also projected to 1975. Geographic subdivisions also included.

  • Geographic area corresponds to the current UJA-Federation of New York eight-county service area. Please see 1981, 1991, and 2002 New York area studies at the Data Bank.

  • The 1991 and 2002 studies have separated the overall eight-county estimates and the detailed geographic analyses in separate volumes. The 1959 Report combines all data in one volume.


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