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States With the Largest Jewish Populations

According to the PEW Research Center, New York is the state with the largest Jewish population with 7% of the population identifying as such.

The dominant religions in the USA include Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The following is an outline of the states in the USA with the largest Jewish populations.

Largest Jewish Populations

New York

New York State plays host to the largest number of people practicing Judaism. Among the total population of the Jewish people in the USA, New York is home to seven percent (7%). Jewish people have been living in New York since at least the year 1654. The first synagogue was established in New York in 1664.

New Jersey

Currently, New Jersey has 6% of the total Jewish population of the USA. The early settlers who brought the Jewish religion with them were mainly farmers and businesspersons who dealt in merchandise. The Jewish population in New Jersey has grown slowly over the years.

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C is home to quite a large number of the total Jewish population of the USA. This has led to the establishment of a Jewish Community center where the religious members meet to engage matters their religion as well as engage in other social activities. This state houses around 5% of the entire population of Jewish people in the USA.


Conclusion

Religion is a key aspect of life that to some extent helps trace our identity. For a harmonious society, it is vital to acknowledge diversity that exists in such aspects as religion and to respect all religions.

States With the Largest Jewish Populations

Rank´╗┐State% Identifying as Jewish (Source: PEW)
1New York7%
2New Jersey6%
3District of Columbia5%
4Connecticut3%
5Delaware3%
6Florida3%
7Maryland3%
8Massachusetts3%
9Arizona2%
10California2%
11Illinois2%
12Maine2%
13Nevada2%
14New Hampshire2%
15Oregon2%
16Vermont2%
17Colorado1%
18Georgia1%
19Indiana1%
20Michigan1%
21Minnesota1%
22North Carolina1%
23Ohio1%
24Pennsylvania1%
25Rhode Island1%
26South Carolina1%
27Tennessee1%
28Texas1%
29Virginia1%
30Washington1%
31West Virginia1%
32Wisconsin1%
33Alabama< 1%
34Alaska< 1%
35Arkansas< 1%
36Hawaii< 1%
37Idaho< 1%
38Iowa< 1%
39Kansas< 1%
40Kentucky< 1%
41Louisiana< 1%
42Mississippi< 1%
43Missouri< 1%
44Montana< 1%
45Nebraska< 1%
46New Mexico< 1%
47North Dakota< 1%
48Oklahoma< 1%
49South Dakota< 1%
50Utah< 1%
51Wyoming< 1%

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