Jews and Judaism in The United States - Demographics - Socioeconomics

Socioeconomics

As a group, American Jews tend to be better educated and earn more than Americans as a whole. Forty-six percent (55% of Reform Jews) report family incomes of over $100,000 compared to 19% of all Americans, with the next highest group being Hindus at 43%. And while 27% of Americans have had college or postgraduate education, fifty-nine percent (66% of Reform Jews) of American Jews have, the second highest of any religious group after American Hindus.

Either of these two statistics may be confounded by the fact that the Jewish population is on average older than other religious groups in the country, with 51% of polled adults over the age of 50 compared to 41% nationally. Older people tend to both have higher income and be more highly educated.

According to analysis by Gallup, American Jews have the highest well-being of any ethnic or religious group in America.

The great majority of school-age Jewish students attend public schools, although Jewish day schools and yeshivas are to be found throughout the country. Jewish cultural studies and Hebrew language instruction is also commonly offered at synagogues in the form of supplementary Hebrew schools or Sunday schools.

Until the 1950s, a quota system at elite colleges and universities limited the number of Jewish students. Before 1945, only a few Jewish professors were permitted as instructors at elite universities. In 1941, for example, antisemitism drove Milton Friedman from a non-tenured assistant professorship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Harry Levin became the first Jewish full professor in the Harvard English department in 1943, but the Economics department decided not to hire Paul Samuelson in 1948. Harvard hired its first Jewish biochemists in 1954.

Today, American Jews no longer face the discrimination in higher education that they did in the past, particularly in the Ivy League. For example, by 1986, a third of the presidents of the elite undergraduate final clubs at Harvard were Jewish. Rick Levin has been president of Yale University since 1993, Judith Rodin was president of the University of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2004 (and is currently president of the Rockefeller Foundation), Paul Samuelson's nephew, Lawrence Summers, was president of Harvard University from 2001 until 2006, and Harold Shapiro was president of Princeton University from 1992 until 2000.

Public Universities
Rank University Enrollment for Jewish Students (est.) % of Student body Undergraduate Enrollment
1 Binghamton University 3,200 29% 11,000
1 University of Maryland, College Park 6,500 26% 25,857
2 University of Florida 5,400 15% 34,612
3 Rutgers University 5,000 13% 37,072
4 University of Central Florida 4,500 11% 39,545
5 University of Michigan
Pennsylvania State University
Indiana University
University of Wisconsin–Madison
4,000 16%
10%
10%
14%
25,555
36,612
32,000
28,462
6 California State University, Northridge
Florida State University
University of Texas, Austin
3,800 14%
9%
10%
26,854
40,474
36,878
7 University at Albany
Florida International University
3,500 31%
9%
12,013
39,500
Private Universities
Rank University Enrollment of Jewish Student (est.) % of Student body Undergraduate Enrollment
1 New York University 6,500 33% 19,401
2 Boston University 4,000 20% 15,981
3 Cornell University 3,500 25% 13,515
4 University of Miami 3,100 22% 14,000
5 The George Washington University
University of Pennsylvania
Yeshiva University
2,800 31%
30%
99%
10,394
9,718
2,803
8 Syracuse University 2,500 20% 12,500
9 Columbia University
Emory University
Harvard University
Tulane University
2,000 29%
30%
30%
30%
6,819
6,510
6,715
6,533
13 Brandeis University
Northwestern University
Washington University in St. Louis
1,800 56%
23%
29%
3,158
7,826
6,097

"Hillel's Top 10 Jewish Schools". Hillel. Hillel.org. February 16, 2006. http://www.hillel.org/about/news/2006/feb/20060216_top.htm. Retrieved January 6, 2009.

There are an estimated 4,000 Jewish students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Read more about this topic:  Jews And Judaism In The United States, Demographics

Other articles related to "socioeconomics, socioeconomic":

Socioeconomics - Overview
... Socioeconomics is sometimes used an umbrella term with different usages ... Examples of causes of socioeconomic impacts include new technologies such as cars or mobile phones, changes in laws, changes in the physical environment (such as increasing crowding within cities), and ... The goal of socioeconomic study is generally to bring about socioeconomic development, usually in terms of improvements in metrics such as GDP, life expectancy, literacy, levels of employment, etc ...
Chinese Community In The United Kingdom - Socioeconomics - Voter Registration
... In a bid to increase voter registration and turnout, and reverse voter apathy within the community, campaigns have been organized such as the British Chinese Register to Vote organised by Get Active UK, a working title that encompasses all the activities run by the Integration of British Chinese into Politics (the BC Project) and its various partners ... The campaign wishes to highlight the low awareness of politics among the British Chinese community to encourage those eligible to vote but not on the electoral register to get registered and to help people make a difference on issues affecting themselves and their communities on a daily basis by getting their voices heard through voting ...