In just one decade, metro Atlanta has moved from 17th place to 11th place in national Jewish population. That is one of the key findings of JFGA’s Jewish Community Centennial Study, launched in November 2005 and completed in early January 2006.
Preliminary data compiled by Federation and Ukeles Associates, its survey consultant, reveals an astonishing 58% rate of growth for the Jewish community that now outnumbers Miami, MetroWest New Jersey, Detroit, Baltimore and San Diego.
“Moving so quickly to 11th place really puts Atlanta in the big leagues,” said Jack Ukeles, who directed the study. “The ten largest Jewish communities are a mix of old established cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and newer Florida communities with many retirees. Atlanta is unique.”
The nearly 60% increase in just ten years, indicates that Jewish immigration to Atlanta is moving at the same rapid pace as the rest of the population. The study also reveals that a full 31% of newcomers to metro Atlanta hail from New York and New Jersey.
Below are highlights from the study, or you can download the complete study.