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June 15, 2012 9:00 am

The Most and Least Jewish States in America

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Huffington Post – A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS)” was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.)

Close to 2.26 million Jewish adherents and 3,464 congregations were reported across the country in 548 counties. The researchers found New York to be the most Jewish state with around 4 percent of the population identifying as Jewish adherents. The researchers found Wyoming to be the least Jewish state with only about .02 percent identifying as Jewish adherents. New York reported 1,029 congregations for its 784,106 Jewish adherents while Wyoming reported just one congregation for its 127 Jewish adherents.

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