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Jews in America: U.S. Religious Landscape Study 2014

(May 2015, PEW Research)

PEW's U.S. Religious Landscape Study 2014 is a sprawling portrait of religion in the United States, featuring responses from over 35,000 Americans of various ethnic, cultural, and of course religious backgrounds. Of these 35,000 people surveyed, 847 identified their faith to the interviewer as Jewish. The survey found that Jews are the largest religious group in the country behind the various denominations of Christianity. In 2007 Jews made up 1.7% of the population of the United States, and in 2014 Jews accounted for 1.9% of the population. See other significant findings from the PEW U.S. Religious Landscape Study 2014 below.

  • More American Jews have two or more University degrees than have just one.
  • 90% of American Jewish adults are white, 2% are black, 4% are Latino, and 2% are Asian. In 2007 95% of American Jewish adults were white.
  • 75% of those individuals raised Jewish retain their religious affiliation into adulthood, compared with 80% of Hindus, 77% of Muslims, and 59% of Catholics.
  • Jews who were raised as a different religious affiliation account for 17% of American Jewry.
  • 65% of Jews who are married or living with their partner reported that they are in a relationship with a Jew, and 35% are not. 9% of American Jews are in relationships with Catholic individuals.
  • 56% of American Jewish adults are married, 6% are not married but living with their significant other. 23% of Jewish adults are single.
  • Jews born to American born parents make up 66% of the Jewish population, and 12% of American Jews are immigrants.
  • American Jews are twice as likely as the average American household to have an income that exceeds $100,000.

Source: PEW. U.S. Religious Landscape Study 2014. (May 2015)