There are about 13-14 million Jews in the world
About 80% of them live in Israel and the United States
How many Jews are there in the world? That's a difficult question to answer,
because not every country keeps track of such things, and not every Jew chooses
to admit such things, particularly in countries where Jews are persecuted.
Most estimates I have seen suggest that there are about 13-14 million Jews in
the world. The vast majority of these Jews live in either the United States and
Israel, both with 5-6 million Jews. There are
about 1.5 million Jews in Europe, 400,000 in Latin America and 350,000 in
Canada. In Africa, there are less than 100,000 Jews, about 90% of whom live in
the country of South Africa. There are about 100,000 Jews in Australia and New
Zealand combined. There are about 50,000 Jews in Asia (not including Israel).
Links to Population Resources
Perhaps the most comprehensive study of Jewish population, both modern and
historical, is World Jewish Population 2002. Part of this is reproduced on the
The American Jewish Committee includes a
survey of American Jewish population in its annual
American Jewish Yearbook, with periodic compilations of world Jewish
population. Their population studies have been reproduced with permission at
the North American Jewish Data
Bank. Their 2010 information has been reproduced in convenient table format
with permission on the
For a variety of statistical information about Jews in America, see the
North American Jewish Databank. and
their 2000 National Jewish
Population Survey (NJPS). The site also includes information from their
1971 surveys, and a
number of more recent, smaller-scale surveys.
World Factbook includes information about religious population for each
country. Click the continent on the map, then the country on the continent map.
In the People section, it shows percentage of each major religion. In many
countries, Jewish population is so small that it is included in "other".
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