Chicago Jewish Population Figures: A Mixed Bag
NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Chicago Jewish community grew by 8 percent over the past decade, or more than 21,000 people, according to a new demographic study.The Bad:
The study, which the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago commissions every 10 years, found that the number of Jews living in the Chicago area increased for a third consecutive decade, to 291,800.
Chicago’s overall population over the same period grew by only 3.5 percent.
Among other findings, half of Chicago Jews have been to Israel, 86 percent of children aged 6-18 have had a formal Jewish education and nearly all the respondents said that being Jewish was important to them.
The Chicago study also found that intermarriage had increased from 30 percent in 2000 to 37 percent in 2010, and that more than 90,000 of the 148,100 Jewish households had at least one non-Jewish member.