Study: Orthodox boosting N.Y. Jewish population

The New York City area’s Jewish population is growing, in large part due to its Orthodox community, a comprehensive new study has found.

Some 1.54 million Jews live in 694,000 Jewish households in New York City and three suburban counties, an increase of 9 percent between 2002 and 2011, according to the Jewish Community Study of New York. The figures in the study, released June 12, show the New York area has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel.

The study, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, was conducted, interviewed some 5,993 self-identifying Jewish adults by telephone.

According to the study, 32 percent of the New York area’s Jews are Orthodox. Orthodox households are home to 61 percent of all Jewish children in the New York area.

According to the study, more than half a million people live in poor Jewish households, defined by the survey as having an income of under 150 percent of the federal poverty line. Some 43 percent of Hassidic households are identified as poor.

On the subject of Jewish engagement, the numbers of Orthodox and nondenominational Jews each increased by more than 100,000 over the past decade, while the numbers of Conservative and Reform Jews each decreased by about 40,000. Twenty-two percent of married couples are intermarried, and some 40 percent of non-Orthodox married couples are intermarried. — jta