Richmond 2011 (Update)

Sponsor(s): Jewish Community Federation of Richmond

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: 2011 update of Richmond, VA Jewish population is based upon a count of DJN (distinctive Jewish names) data in local directories, a geographic analysis of those counts and a Jewish institutions survey.

Population Estimates:

Estimates from the 2011 DJN update study:

Just under 10,000 Jewish persons live in 5,000 Jewish households (HH) in the Richmond, VA area. An additional 3,100 non-Jewish persons live in these households (24% of the total of 13,000 people in Richmond Jewish HH).

Key Findings:

The 1994 Community Study of Richmond, VA should be reviewed in conjunction with the 2011 Update report on this study page.   The 1994 report was a partial RDD (random digit dialed), partial DJN (distinctive Jewish names) telephone interview survey of 623 Jewish respondents. A data file is available for the 1994 Study

2011 Update:

Please note that Slide set for the 2011 DJN "count" update was added in February, 2012, as was the Executive Summary of the 2011 update.

The 2011 Jewish population update reduced the estimate of Jews from 1994 (12,000) to approximately 10,000 Jewish persons, a 17% decline from 1994-2011, based on two data sources: (1) Distinctive Jewish Name (DJNs) counts from electronic lists of Richmond-area households, and (2) a survey of Richmond-area Jewish institutions.

No Jewish respondent interviewing was completed in 2011 as part of the DJN counting and geographic analysis process.

The source used for the 2011 DJN analysis includes all households published in available electronic landline directories as well as some unknown proportion of households that are cell-phone only, which are not in electronic telephone directories, but are culled from tax rolls, voting records, driver's' license records, etc., by the firm supplying the list to Dr. Sheskin.

Results of the Jewish organizational surveys supported the conclusion of a population decrease from the DJN counts -- synagogue membership, JCC membership, enrollment in children's Jewish educational programs, Jewish federation campaign data and the number of households on the Jewish Federation mailing list all declined from 1994 parameters.

A summary of the results and implications is found on slides 74-77 in the 2011 Update Slide set and in the Executive Summary section of the 2011 Executive Summary Update Report.

Both 2011 reports are included under Downloads in both the 1994 and the 2011 update Richmond, VA community study pages.

Dr. Sheskin concludes: "While the DJN method of estimating Jewish population is not as reliable as the random digit dialing (RDD) methodology employed in 1994, the results (1,000 fewer households) are consistent with the decreases shown by the Institutional Surveys."

In addition to the 2011 updated estimates, the 2011 Update slide set compares data from the 1994 Richmond Jewish Community Study with recent Jewish population studies in other Jewish communities.

Language: English