Jewish Population in the United States 2013

Sponsor(s): American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Miami - Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky

Population Estimates:

Jewish Population in the United States, 2013 (PDF), by Drs. Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky, originally appeared as Chapter 5 in the new 2013 American Jewish Year Book

The report estimates the US Jewish population at just over 6.72 million, based upon (1) scientific estimates derived from random digit dialing and occasionally Distinctive Jewish Names [DJN] survey methodologies, (2) United States Census estimates of communities that are almost 100% Jewish, (3) Informant Estimates and (4) Internet Estimates.

See "Part I: Population Estimation Methodology" for more information on estimation issues.

National, state, regional and urban area estimates are presented in Part IV.

Appendix A presents the estimates for local communities with at least 100 estimated Jewish residents -  it begins on page 60 of the report, page 68 of the PDF


This article is reprinted as Current Jewish Population Reports, # 8, 2013 of the Berman Jewish DataBank at the Jewish Federations of North America, and is posted with permission of Springer, the new publisher of the American Jewish Year Book. The Year Book had been published in 108 volumes from 1899 to 2008, until succeeded by the new Yearbook, edited by Sheskin and Dashefsky.  Please see the Links on the left for U.S. Jewish population estimates from earlier years, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.

The Summary Report estimates for 2013 are supplemented by an excel spreadsheet which provides additional details on sources, estimation, etc. 



Study Notes:

For more information about the American Jewish Year Book see the link on the left or click on this Springer link   Please note that persons with access to University libraries that offer Springer’s eBook Collection can obtain a soft cover copy or an electronic copy for $25.

Citing this Report

Springer is permitting the Berman Jewish DataBank to post this Report online with open access, but requests that the citation be to the American Jewish Year Book itself:

Ira M. Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky. “Jewish Population in the United States, 2013,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2013, Volume 113 (2013) (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 201-277.

Following standard bibliographic practices, this could be followed by " found at the Berman Jewish DataBank@JFNA,"


Language: English