NEW YORK (JTA) – New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the United States, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Eight per cent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6 per cent and Miami at 5 per cent, according to the data. Philadelphia and San Francisco each are 4 per cent Jewish, and Chicago and Washington are 3 per cent Jewish.
Nationally in the U.S., 2 per cent of all Americans are Jewish, according to the study. Los Angeles, which by raw numbers is believed to house the country’s second-largest urban Jewish population, is just 2 per cent Jewish, the analysis found.
Ranked by state, New York and New Jersey tie as the most Jewish, with 6 per cent of residents in both counted as Jews. Next are Massachusetts (5 per cent) and Maryland (3 per cent), followed by California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont each with 2 per cent.
Ranked by region, the Northeast is 4 per cent Jewish; the Midwest, South and West each are 1 per cent Jewish.
The analysis is based on data collected in some 52,741 telephone interviews conducted in 2014 as part of the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas.
Overall, the largest urban religious group is Catholics, who are No. 1 or tied for the top spot in 15 of America’s top 30 metropolitan areas. Religiously unaffiliated make up the top “religious group” in 10 of those metro areas, and white evangelical Protestants are the plurality in six of the major metro areas. Atlanta is the only major metro area with a different group at the top: black Protestants.
Countrywide, Nashville, Tennessee, has the largest percentage of a single religious group, with 38 per cent of all residents identifying as white evangelical Protestant.
The least religious city appears to be Portland, Oregon, where 42 per cent of respondents identified as religiously unaffiliated. Two per cent of the city’s residents are Jews.