2001 Jewish Community Study of Bergen County and North Hudson

Sponsor(s): UJA Federation of Bergen County and North Hudson (New Jersey)

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: June, 2001

Population Estimates:

Report estimates a total of 71,500 Jewish persons living in 28,400 Jewish households. Another 6,500 non-Jews live in these households for a total of 78,000 people in Jewish residential households. 

Key Findings:

Bergen County 2001 Report indicates that:

The Bergen County Jewish community has apparently decreased by an estimated 1,800 Jewish households since 1994, and data on recent in-migration and plans to leave the area indicate that a continuing slow decline in the Jewish community will continue to occur; 80% of Bergen County Jewish household residents were born in New York or New Jersey; 56% of Jewish households have lived in the area for at least 20 years; 56% of adults are employed in Bergen County, 34% elsewhere in New Jersey, and 10% in New York;27% of all Bergen County Jewish household residents are children, an exceptionally high percentage for Jewish communities;

The South Bergen/North Hudson area, in contrast, has a high percentage of seniors (39% are age 65 or over compared to 10%-19% in the other geographic sub-areas.


The sampling universe included Jewish households located in most of Bergen County and a small area in northern Hudson County. For geographical analysis, the study area was divided into five areas: (1) Pascack-Northern Valley, (2) North Palisades, (3) Central Bergen, (4) West Bergen and (5) South Bergen/North Hudson [see slide 13].

Sample Size: 1,003 completed Jewish household telephone interviews

Sample Notes:

Bergen County study in 2001 employed random digit dialing in 76 telephone exchanges within the study area, exchanges which include 95% of households listed in the Federation's files, but 60% of all listed phone numbers in the study area.

Methodology chapter (pp.2-14 ff. in Main Report) describes adjustments made by the researcher in the Jewish household estimation process to adjust for areas not studied, potential respondents who did not complete the screener, and number of telephone lines in Jewish households compared to non-Jewish households. Weighted data file based on these adjustments

Data file based on 1,003 interviews should be used with either "wf" (weight factor which reduces N to 687) or "wfhh" (weight factor households) which extrapolates data to Jewish households in the area (28,400 estimated, 28,393 precise in data file).

Language: English


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