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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

2019 14,707,400

 

Countries with the Largest Jewish Population (2019)

Rank Country
Population
% of World Jewry

1

Israel

6,806,000*

45.3%

2

United States

5,700,000

38.8%

3

France

450,000

3.1%

4

Canada

392,000

2.7%

5

U.K.

292,000

2.0%

6

Argentina 

180,000

1.2%

7

Russia 

165,000

1.1%

8

Germany

118,000

0.8%

9

Australia

118,000

0.8%

10

Brazil

92,600

0.6%

11

South Africa

67,500

0.5%

12

Ukraine

48,000

0.3%

13

Hungary

47,300

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

37,200,000

392,000

United States

328,000,000

5,700,000

Bahamas

400,000

300

Costa Rica

5,000,000

2,500

Cuba

11,100,000

500

Dominican Republic

10,800,000

100

El Salvador

6,500,000

100

Guatemala

17,200,000

900

Jamaica

2,900,000

200

Mexico

130,800,000

40,000

Netherlands Antilles

324,000

300

Panama

4,200,000

10,000

Puerto Rico

3,300,000

1,500

Virgin Islands

105,000

400

Argentina

44,500,000

180,000

Bolivia

11,300,000

500

Brazil

209,400,000

92,600

Chile

18,600,000

18,300

Colombia

49,800,000

2,100

Ecuador

17,000,000

600

Paraguay

6,900,000

1,000

Peru

32,200,000

1,900

Suriname

600,000

200

Uruguay

3,500,000

16,600

Venezuela

31,800,000

7,000

Other

29,371,000

200

Total

1,014,023,000

6,469,800

 

Asia

Country

Total Population

Jews

Israel

9,190,000*

6,806,000*

West Bank

3,023,700

418,900

Gaza

1,886,500

0

Armenia

3,000,000

100

Azerbaijan

9,900,000

7,500

Georgia

3,900,000

1,500

Kazakhstan

18,400,000

2,600

Kyrgyzstan

6,100,000

400

Turkmenistan

5,900,000

200

Uzbekistan

32,900,000

3,000

China

1,401,900,000

3,000

India

1,371,300,000

4,800

Indonesia

265,200,000

100

Iran

81,600,000

8,300

Japan

126,500,000

1,000

South Korea

51,800,000

100

Philippines

107,000,000

100

Singapore

5,800,000

900

Syria

18,300,000

100

Taiwan

23,600,000

100

Thailand

66,200,000

200

Other

831,646,740

100

Total**

4,453,500,000

6,699,700


Oceania

Country Total Population Jews

Australia

24,100,000

118,000

New Zealand

4,900,000

7,500

Other

12,000,000

100

Total

41,000,000

125,600


Africa

Country Total Population Jews

Egypt

97,100,000

100

Ethiopia

107,500,000

100

Morocco

35,200,000

2,100

Tunisia

11,600,000

1,000

Botswana

2,200,000

100

Congo D.R.

84,300,000

100

Kenya

51,000,000

300

Madagascar

26,300,000

100

Namibia

2,500,000

100

Nigeria

195,900,000

100

South Africa

57,700,000

67,500

Zimbabwe

14,000,000

200

Other

507,300,000

200

Total

1,284,000,000

72,000


Europe

Country Total Population Jews   Country Total Population Jews

Austria

8,800,000

10,000

 

Poland

38,400,000

4,500

Belgium

11,400,000

29,100

 

Portugal

10,300,000

600

Bulgaria

7,000,000

2,000

 

Romania

19,500,000

9,000

Czech Republic

10,600,000

3,900

 

Slovakia

5,400,000

2,600

Croatia

4,100,000

1,700

 

Slovenia

2,100,000

100

Cyprus

1,200,000

100

 

Spain

46,700,000

11,700

Czech Republic

10,600,000

3,900

 

Sweden

10,200,000

15,000

Denmark

5,800,000

6,400

 

U.K.

66,600,000

292,000

Estonia

1,300,000

1,900

 

Total EU

511,740,000

1,078,900

Finland

5,500,000

1,300

 

Gibraltar

35,000

700

France

65,140,000

450,000

 

Norway

5,300,000

1,300

Germany

82,800,000

118,000

 

Switzerland

8,500,000

18,500

Greece

10,600,000

4,200

 

Belarus

9,500,000

9,000

Hungary

9,800,000

47,300

 

Moldova

3,500,000

1,900

Ireland

4,900,000

2,600

 

Russia

147,300,000

165,000

Italy

60,600,000

27,400

 

Ukraine

42,300,000

48,000

Latvia

1,900,000

4,600

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3,500,000

500

Lithuania

2,800,000

2,400

 

North Macedonia

2,100,000

100

Luxembourg

600,000

600

 

Serbia

7,000,000

1,400

Malta

500,000

100

 

Turkey

81,300,000

14,800

Netherlands

17,200,000

29,800

  Other

5,300,000

100

Total Population: 827,974,000               Total Jews: 1,340,200              

*As of May 2020 (including Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank)
**Total for 2019. Does not include increase in Israeli population in 2020.


Sources:

Sergio DellaPergola, “World Jewish Population, 2019,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin (eds.), The American Jewish Year Book, 2019, Volume 119. Dordrecht: Springer.
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).