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Old 02-08-2016, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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Here's what I've come up with in terms of different size levels of various Orthodox Jewish communities in North America (covering the gamut from Modern Orthodox to Hasidic):

300,000 or more: Greater New York (including North and Central Jersey as well as SW Connecticut)

15,000-20,000 or even more: Los Angeles, South Florida (Miami to West Palm Beach), Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore

5,000-12,000: Philadelphia (including South Jersey), Cleveland, Detroit, Boston

1,500-5,000: Washington DC (including Silver Spring), Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco Bay area

750-1,500: Columbus, Cincinnati, Rochester, Buffalo, Hartford, New Haven, Providence, Memphis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland (Oregon), Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg

Am I accurate, or does this hierarchy need to be adjusted in some way?
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:21 PM
 
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You might as well have just listed every big city in the US.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:21 PM
 
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Sounds about right. There are at least 20,000 in Toronto and Montreal I'd say. Probably around 500,000 in and around NYC.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Sounds about right. There are at least 20,000 in Toronto and Montreal I'd say. Probably around 500,000 in and around NYC.
Of course, Montreal and Toronto have very different Orthodox profiles despite both of them having 20,000 or more Orthodox Jews. While both cities have substantial Modern Orthodox populations, Toronto has a greater preponderance of yeshiva-world (aka black-hat or yeshivish or ultra-Orthodox) Jews plus a small Hasidic population, while Montreal has many Hasidic Jews and only some yeshiva-world Jews (both Ashkenazi and Sephardi).

The NYC area, of course, has a lot of Modern Orthodox, yeshiva-world, and Hasidic Jews alike.
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Old 02-09-2016, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I am curious of how he came to the conclusion that only a fraction of the Jewish population of Philadelphia is orthodox? You have a handful or so cities that definitely have a smaller Jewish population overall. Just curious of the distinction. I personally couldn't find any numbers other than general population figures.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewi...by_urban_areas

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Old 02-09-2016, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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I am curious of how he came to the conclusion that only a fraction of the Jewish population of Philadelphia is orthodox? You have a handful or so cities that definitely have a smaller Jewish population overall. Just curious of the distinction. I personally couldn't find any numbers other than general population figures.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewi...by_urban_areas
Some Jewish communities have much higher percentages of Orthodox people than others. For the Philadelphia area, something like 4% of the Jewish population is Orthodox, from what I've seen in a demographic study. To put that in perspective, around 20% of Baltimore Jewry is Orthodox, as is about 7% of Pittsburgh Jewry.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure Philly would be a tier above. No way Baltimore has more than Philly.
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure Philly would be a tier above. No way Baltimore has more than Philly.
The OP is referencing Orthodox Jew, not just Jewish in general.
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:21 PM
 
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NYC, Montreal and Baltimore, I believe, are the most Orthodox in terms of percentage of the Jewish population among North American cities.
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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Of course, Montreal and Toronto have very different Orthodox profiles despite both of them having 20,000 or more Orthodox Jews. While both cities have substantial Modern Orthodox populations, Toronto has a greater preponderance of yeshiva-world (aka black-hat or yeshivish or ultra-Orthodox) Jews plus a small Hasidic population, while Montreal has many Hasidic Jews and only some yeshiva-world Jews (both Ashkenazi and Sephardi).
The difference is evident in terms of knowledge/use of Yiddish.

Speak Yiddish at home:

Montreal CMA 7,830
Toronto CMA 1,940

Under 15:

Montreal CMA 3,705
Toronto CMA 305

65+:

Montreal CMA 775
Toronto CMA 1,045
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