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Old Yesterday, 03:30 PM
Location: Yankee loves Dallas
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The American Jewish Population Project at Brandeis has a lot of interesting data that I haven't seen widely discussed elsewhere, perhaps because religion isn't "officially" counted by the government, in the way that race, income, etc. are done.


Just a few numbers that popped up:

% Jewish population by state

NY 7.7
NJ 5.4
MA 4.8
MD 3.9
FL 3.5
CT 3.0
IL 2.7
CA 2.6
VT 2.6
NV 2.5
PA 2.4
RI 2.2

% Jewish population by metro area

New York 9.5
Miami 8.1
Boston 5.4
Baltimore 4.3
L.A. 4.3
Philadelphia 4.2
DC 4.2
San Francisco 4.2
Chicago 3.6
Las Vegas 3.5
Cleveland 3.2
Denver 2.6
Worcester 2.5
Albany 2.4
Hartford 2.4
Rochester 2.4
San Jose 2.4
Tucson 2.4
Phoenix 2.2
Sarasota 2.2
Tampa 2.2
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Old Today, 10:22 AM
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Not surprised by NY having the highest percentage and that the state has multiple metros on the second list. You have some schools in the state that have relative high Jewish percentages that schedule some sporting events around Jewish holidays due to having a substantial amount of Jewish students that play on teams.
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Old Today, 01:51 PM
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Detroit has a good size Jewish population.
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Old Today, 05:40 PM
Location: New Orleans
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I grew up in Memphis and Phoenix- I remember being around a lot more Jewish people in Memphis but it could be that the Memphis community was just more tightly-knit? I've heard Boca has a high Jewish population, as does Tulane University hah and I'm sure Brandeis does as well!
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Old Today, 07:07 PM
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I spent my childhood in the North Shore suburbs of Milwaukee and somehow got the impression Jews were in the majority. I am Jewish but felt sorry for Christians because I perceived them as being a small minority. I would call Dial A Prayer to show my support for this small religion called Christianity. Interesting that I got such a wrong impression in a city and state that is not on any of these lists.

I am currently in Yakima WA and it seems like I'm the only Jewish person here but there is actually a Synagogue a few blocks from my house.
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Old Today, 07:37 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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I work in suburban MD, and it seems to be a Jewish stronghold. Considerably more so than NoVa. Not sure why that is exactly.
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