Jewish Population Increases Slightly

Associated Press

The Jewish population of the United States increased slightly last year to 5,981,000, up by about 40,000 and amounting to 2.4% of the nation's people, the 1991 American Jewish Year Book says.

The compilation by the American Jewish Committee reports recent increases in Detroit; Middlesex County, N.J.; Orange County, Calif., and Seattle.

But a long-term decline continued in the Miami-Dade County region of Florida. The Jewish population there fell more than 20,000, to 201,800, the new figures show.

States with the highest proportion of Jews are New York (10.3%), New Jersey (5.6%), Massachusetts (4.7%), Florida and Maryland (each 4.6%) and the District of Columbia (4.2%).

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