Study: 19% of New York Jews ‘Poor’

The UJA Federation of New York has published a study on New York’s Jewish population. According to “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011″, the population of New York’s Jewish community has grown nearly 10% since the previous study in 2002 with 1.5 million Jews now living in the eight-county New York area.

The UJA-Federation’s study also found that the recent growth in Jewish population largely results from increased birthrates and longevity, rather than from immigration that previously drove the rise in the area’s Jewish population.

Yet the study also revealed that poverty among New York’s Jewish residents was also on the rise with nearly 1 in 5 Jewish households considered ‘poor’ with incomes under 150% of the federal poverty guideline.

The proportion of poor Jewish households is higher than it was 10 years ago. The relative increase has been especially dramatic in the suburbs, where 10 years ago there was very little Jewish poverty.


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