2017 Pinellas and Pasco (FL) Jewish Population Study: A Portrait of the Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Community

Sponsor(s): Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, FL

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: 2017

Population Estimates:

28,000 Jewish persons live in 18,000 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish households.

Comparing the results of the 1994 study by Dr.Sheskin of Pinellas County in 1994, the number of people in Jewish households stayed  essentially the same (30,200 in 1994, 30,300 in 2017), but the number of Jewish persons declined from 25,200 in 1994 to 23,450 in 2017.

Key Findings:

The study is the first random sample survey of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area since 1994.  

Reports, slide shows, methodology report/questionnaire, and DATA files are available.

Population Estimates

♦ The Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community includes 36,600 persons who live in 18,000 Jewish households. Of the 36,600 persons, 28,000 persons (76%) are Jewish.

♦ Jewish households comprise 2.9% of all households in Pinellas/Pasco; Jews comprise 1.9% of all persons in Pinellas/Pasco.

♦ Topics covered in the survey and summarized in study reports and slides - in addition to Jewish population estimates - include geographic profile, migration, age distribution, household size and structure, marital status, secular education and employment status, household income, Jewish identification, religious practices, intermarriage, synagogue attendance/membership/attendance, Chabad attendance, sense of involvement/feeling part of Jewish community, Jewish education (respondent childhood Jewish education, formal and informal Jewish education of adults and children), familiarity with and assessment of local Jewish organizations, social service needs, the Jewish elderly, Israel, anti-Semitism, philanthropy, and a political profile.

♦ The 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community is compared to other American local Jewish communities on a number of variables in almost all reports and slide presentations. For example, the community has the 4th highest intermarriage rate for couples compared to 55 other Jewish communities.   

♦ Comparisons of the results of the 1994 study of Pinellas County with the 2017 Pinellas results begin on page 22 of the Summary report, and are also in other reports.  Comparisons over time are also made for the combined Pinellas and Pasco Counties area.


550 interviews were completed with Jewish households from January through March, 2017.


Sample Size: 550

Sample Notes:

Methodology Report written by SSRS (Social Science Research Solutions): David Duwin, Susan Sherr and AJ Jennings provides details on methodology.  The Methodology Report also includes the CATI version of the questionnaire (a non-technical questionnaire version by Dr. Sheskin is also available as a download)..

♦ Interviews were conducted by RDD sampling (random digit dialed) with both landlines and cell phones. -  with Federation List households on cell phones and landlines -  and with DJN (distinctive Jewish name) households whose landline telephone number was published in a telephone directory.

♦ Of the 550 completed interviews, 192 were RDD, 302 Federation List, and 56 DJN.  SSRS was responsible for sampling, interviewing, data processing, Jewish household and population estimates, data weighting and post-stratification.

♦ 230,000 phone calls made to over 70,000 phone numbers to complete the survey interviewing.

♦ AAPOR response rate (RR3) was 44%; completion rate of interviews with identified Jewish households was 88%.

♦ Detailed sample disposition in Table 5 of the Methodology Report.

Study Notes:

Survey reports and slide presentations summarize the results of the 2017 study in detail.

DataBank users might want to review the overall Community presentation slides for the Demographic Study Committee first, then the Summary Report

The Main Report, vol.1 and vol 2 include an enormous amount of survey data, and comparisons with other Jewish communities.  There are also a series of slides geared to each chapter of the Main Report volumes.

♦  There are also a series of other community slide presentations: for example, the Federation Board, the Menorah Home, etc.  The slides in these presentations replicate many of the slides in the Demographic Committee presentation, so caution is advised in downloading and printing.  

♦ The survey questionnaire can be downloaded.

Data File is available in SPSS SAV format for most DataBank research users;  a version in SPSS POR is available for individuals who use other software analysis programs that can utilize portable SPSS files.

Weight = "wf", which extrapolates data to 18,000 Jewish households, and reflects all weighting by SSRS.  Use as default variable.

Geographic variable =  "area"


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