Detroit Area Jewish Population Study, 1989

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Welfare Federtation of Detroit

Principal Investigator(s): Jacob B. Ukeles, Steven M. Cohen

Population Estimates:

An estimated 96,000 Jewish persons lived in 42,500 Jewish households in the Detroit Metropolitan area in 1989. An additional 9,000 non-Jewish live in these households.


Adult Jewish Households in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Reports describe geographic details defining Core and Periphery.

Please note that Detroit 2005 Summary Report maps (by Dr. Ira Sheskin) contrast Core geography for 1989 and 2005.

Sample Size: 1,100 completed Jewish household interviews, October-December, 1989. Household Data File has 1,100 cases, the same number referred to in Main Report introduction; methodology report lists 1,096 interviews, but data file may reflect fin al adjustments.

Sample Notes:

The sampling design integrated interviews from three distinct sampling frames: (1) 462 RDD (random-digit dialed) interviews in 45 exchanges located in the core areas of the Jewish community, (2) 537 interviews from the Federation's/Jewish community's general household list, and (3) 100 interviews from an over-sampling of "high donors" from the Federation list - one case has "sample" status missing.

Two data files exist: (a) Household data file with 1,100 interviews; using "WtFactor" which adjusts for oversampling in List and High Donor frames gives weighted N=760; (b) Individual data file has 2,695 people from these households; using "Weight," weighted N=1,799 (limited number of variables).

For both the Household and the Individual File there is both an SPSS SAV file for those who use SPSS and an SPSS POR file for those users who do not have SPSS but need to import the POR file into a different data analysis system.

Study Notes:

Jewish household population estimate procedures discussed in Methodology Report (page 26), which compares estimates from four methods used in Jewish community studies: affiliation method, RDD method, demographic method, and DJN method - all of which gave similar Jewish population estimates.

Geographic areas defined and discussed in Main Report, Methodology Report, and special Geographic Area analysis report.