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Vital Statistics: Jewish Population of the World

(1882 - Present)

Historic Jewish Population
Countries with the Largest Jewish Population
Jewish Population By Region
      Americas
      Asia
      Oceana
      Africa
      Europe

Historic Jewish Population

Year
Population

1880

7,800,000

1900

10,600,000

1914

13,500,000

1922

14,400,000

1925

14,800,000

1931

15,700,000

1939

16,728,000

1945

11,000,000

1948

11,500,000

1950

11,297,000

1955

11,800,000

1960

12,079,000

1970

12,585,000

1980

12,819,000

1990

12,868,000

2000

13,150,000

2010

13,854,000

2018

14,606,000

 

Countries with the Largest Jewish Population (2018)

Rank Country
Population
% of World Jewry

1

United States

6,925,475*

47.7%

2

Israel

6,744,000*

46.2%

3

France

453,000

3.1%

4

Canada

390,500

2.7%

5

U.K.

290,000

2.0%

6

Argentina 

180,300

1.2%

7

Russia 

172,000

1.2%

8

Germany

116,000

0.8%

9

Australia

113,400

0.8%

10

Brazil

93,200

0.6%

11

South Africa

69,000

0.5%

12

Ukraine

50,000

0.3%

13

Hungary

47,400

0.3%

14

Mexico

40,000

0.3%

15

Netherlands

29,800

0.2%

 

Jewish Population By Region (2017)

Americas | Asia | Oceania | Africa | Europe

 

The Americas

Country

Total Population

Jews

Bermuda

61,000

100

Canada

36,700,000

390,500

United States

325,400,000

5,700,000

Bahamas

400,000

300

Costa Rica

4,900,000

2,500

Cuba

11,300,000

500

Dominican Republic

10,700,000

100

El Salvador

6,400,000

100

Guatemala

16,900,000

900

Jamaica

2,900,000

200

Mexico

129,200,000

40,000

Netherlands Antilles

324,000

300

Panama

4,100,000

10,000

Puerto Rico

3,400,000

1,500

Virgin Islands

105,000

400

Argentina

44,300,000

180,300

Bolivia

11,000,000

500

Brazil

207,900,000

93,200

Chile

18,400,000

18,300

Colombia

49,300,000

2,200

Ecuador

16,800,000

600

Paraguay

6,800,000

1,000

Peru

31,800,000

1,900

Suriname

600,000

200

Uruguay

3,500,000

16,700

Venezuela

31,400,000

7,300

Other

29,371,000

200

Total

1,005,223,000

6,469,800

 

Asia

Country

Total Population

Jews

Israel**

9,009,000

6,738,500

West Bank

2,961,900

404,600

Gaza

1,840,000

0

Armenia

3,000,000

100

Azerbaijan

9,900,000

7,800

Georgia

3,900,000

1,600

Kazakhstan

18,000,000

2,700

Kyrgyzstan

6,200,000

400

Turkmenistan

5,800,000

200

Uzbekistan

32,400,000

3,200

China

1,394,800,000

2,800

India

1,352,600,000

4,900

Indonesia

264,000,000

100

Iran

80,600,000

8,500

Japan

126,700,000

1,000

Korea, South

51,400,000

100

Philippines

105,000,000

100

Singapore

5,700,000

900

Syria

18,300,000

100

Taiwan

23,600,000

100

Thailand

66,100,000

200

Other

821,914,700

100

Total

4,411,900,000

6,593,000


Oceania

Country Total Population Jews

Australia

24,500,000

113,400

New Zealand

4,800,000

7,500

Other

12,700,000

100

Total

42,000,000

121,000


Africa

Country Total Population Jews

Egypt

93,400,000

100

Ethiopia

105,000,000

100

Morocco

35,100,000

2,150

Tunisia

11,500,000

1,050

Botswana

2,300,000

100

Congo D.R.

81,500,000

100

Kenya

49,700,000

300

Madagascar

25,500,000

100

Namibia

2,500,000

100

Nigeria

190,900,000

100

South Africa

56,500,000

69,000

Zimbabwe

16,600,000

200

Other

489,700,000

200

Total

1,250,000,000

73,600


Europe

Country Total Population Jews   Country Total Population Jews

Austria

8,800,000

9,000

 

Portugal

10,300,000

600

Belgium

11,300,000

29,200

 

Romania

19,600,000

9,100

Bulgaria

7,100,000

2,000

 

Slovakia

5,400,000

2,600

Czech Republic

10,600,000

3,900

 

Slovenia

2,100,000

100

Croatia

4,100,000

1,700

 

Spain

46,600,000

11,700

Cyprus

1,200,000

100

 

Sweden

10,100,000

15,000

Czech Republic

10,600,000

3,900

 

U.K.

66,400,000

290,000

Denmark

5,800,000

6,400

 

Total EU

511,340,000

1,077,500

Estonia

1,300,000

1,900

 

Gibraltar

35,000

600

Finland

5,500,000

1,300

 

Norway

5,300,000

1,300

France

65,040,000

453,000

 

Switzerland

8,500,000

18,600

Germany

83,100,000

116,000

 

Belarus

9,500,000

9,500

Greece

10,700,000

4,200

 

Moldova

3,600,000

2,000

Hungary

9,800,000

47,400

 

Russia

146,800,000

172,000

Ireland

4,800,000

2,600

 

Ukraine

42,300,000

50,000

Italy

60,500,000

27,500

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3,500,000

500

Latvia

1,900,000

4,700

 

Croatia

4,200,000

1,700

Lithuania

2,800,000

2,500

   

 

 

Luxembourg

600,000

600

 

Macedonia

2,100,000

100

Malta

400,000

100

 

Serbia

7,000,000

1,400

Netherlands

17,100,000

29,800

 

Turkey

80,900,000

15,000

Poland

38,400,000

4,500

  Other

5,300,000

100

Total Population: 818,470,000               Total Jews: 1,359,100              

*September 2019
**As of May 2019 (including Jews in the West Bank)


Sources:

DellaPergola, Sergio. 2018. “World Jewish Population, 2018,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin (eds.), The American Jewish Year Book, 2018, Volume 118. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 361-452;;
Zeev Klein, “Israel reaches another milestone as population crosses 9 million,” Israel Hayom, (May 2, 2019);
“Israel’s population tops 9 million as Jewish new year approaches,” Times of Israel, (September 26, 2019).