Click through the slideshow to see most and least Jewish states in America:

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  • New York

    4,046 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Looking north across W88th at doorway of B'nai Jeshurun on a cloudy afternoon in Manhattan, NY.

  • District of Columbia

    2,936 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Site of Washington Hebrew Congregation's building, 1898-1954, built on the site of the first building. Today home of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church.

  • New Jersey

    2,465 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel signage along Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

  • Maryland

    1,443 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: A view of the front of the B'er Chayim Temple in Cumberland, Maryland

  • Connecticut

    1,333 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavas Sholem Synagogue, White St., New Haven

  • Massachusetts

    1,229 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA.

  • Rhode Island

    840 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

  • Pennsylvania

    805 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Former home of Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia

  • Florida

    683 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanu-El Synagogue, Miami Beach, FL

  • Illinois

    625 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, Illinois.

  • California

    578 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Talmud Torah (Breed Street Shul), Los Angeles, CA

  • Ohio

    559 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Rockdale Temple, K.K. Bene Israel in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Minnesota

    451 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Michigan

    449 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth-El Synagogue, Detroit, Michigan

  • Delaware

    431 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: First Adas Kodesch Synagogue

  • Colorado

    398 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel, located at 1325 North Grand Avenue in Pueblo, County, Colorado.

  • Vermont

    390 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Old Ohavi Zedek synagogue in Burlington, Vermont.

  • Georgia

    374 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue de Savannah / Temple Mickve Israel

  • Missouri

    370 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Historic B'Nai Israel Synagogue, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • Virginia

    360 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke, Virginia, USA

  • New Hampshire

    321 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Chabad Lubavitch of New Hampshire Credit: Facebook

  • Arizona

    319 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Washington

    289 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Alhadeff Sanctuary of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, a synagogue in the First Hill/ Central District area of Seattle

  • Kansas

    271 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ohev Shalom Congregation. This synagogue was established in 1877 in Kansas City, Kansas. The current facility was constructed in 1960/69 in suburban Prairie Village a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the oldest operating Jewish congregation in Kansas. Credit: Flickr/ JPreisler.com

  • Nevada

    255 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Jewish Heritage Center Tucson, housed in an historic synagogue Ken Lund from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

  • Tennessee

    246 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Memphis, Tennessee

  • Texas

    241 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'nai Israel in Galveston, Texas

  • Nebraska

    237 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Nebraska. Credit: Flickr

  • Maine

    235 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue Lewiston Maine. Credit: Flickr / Portlandano

  • Oregon

    232 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon

  • Wisconsin

    223 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Wisconsin

  • New Mexico

    206 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'Nai Israel - Albuquerque, New Mexico. Credit: Waymarking.com

  • Louisiana

    195 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana

  • North Carolina

    190 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Temple of Israel, Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Indiana

    185 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Reform synagogue in Bloomington, IN

  • Kentucky

    157 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Byzantine Revival Synagogue that once housed the congregation of Adath Jeshurun. Credit: Flickr / JPreisler.com

  • Alabama

    153 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama

  • South Carolina

    141 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue

  • Iowa

    134 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa

  • Alaska

    115 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Youth of Congregation of Beth Sholom observing Shabbat

  • Oklahoma

    101 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel at Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Montana

    86 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula, Montana. Credit: Facebook

  • West Virginia

    74 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Credit: B'nai Sholom Congregation located in Huntington, West Virginia.

  • Hawaii

    62 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Interior of Aloha Jewish Chapel in Hawaii

  • Utah

    59 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'rith Sholem in Ogden, Utah

  • Arkansas

    53 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth El, Arkansas. Flickr: joseph a

  • Mississippi

    43 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth Israel, Meridian, Mississippi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

  • Idaho

    41 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue in Boise, Idaho

  • South Dakota

    35 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue of the Hills, South Dakota. Credit: Facebook

  • North Dakota

    26 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Jewish synagogue on the South side of Fargo, North Dakota

  • Wyoming

    23 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mt. Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Credit: Facebook

A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS)” was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.)

Close to 2.26 million Jewish adherents and 3,464 congregations were reported across the country in 548 counties. The researchers found New York to be the most Jewish state with around 4 percent of the population identifying as Jewish adherents. The researchers found Wyoming to be the least Jewish state with only about .02 percent identifying as Jewish adherents. New York reported 1,029 congregations for its 784,106 Jewish adherents while Wyoming reported just one congregation for its 127 Jewish adherents.

The researchers define adherents to be those with an affiliation to a congregation including children, members and attendees who are not members, and believe that the adherent measure is the most complete and comparable across religious groups. Congregations are defined as groups of people who meet regularly at a pre-announced time and location.

As illustrated in the map below, the most Jewish states where more than 0.6 percent of the population identify as Jewish adherents are located largely in the Northeast. States where less than 0.1 percent identified as Jewish adherents were mostly in the Midwest and in the deep South.

most least jewish states

The most dense concentration of Jewish congregations is found in parts of the Northeast, South and West while most of the country did not report any Jewish congregations.

jewish states congregation location

In the last 10 years, a number of counties in the Bible Belt states of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina and a few counties in the West reported that Jewish synagogues and temples were opened in areas where there were previously no Jewish places of worship. During the same period, a number of counties in Louisiana, Kansas and Oklahoma, among others in the Midwest and Northeast reported a drop in the number of synagogues and temples.

jewish state location change

Bibliography:
Grammich, Clifford, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley, and Richard H. Taylor, 2012. 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

Click through to see a list of most and least religious states in the United States as reported by Gallup:

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  • #1: Mississippi (59 percent)

  • #2 Utah (57 percent)

  • #3 Alabama (56 percent)

  • #4 Louisiana (54 percent)

  • #5 Arkansas (54 percent)

  • #6 South Carolina (54 percent)

  • #7 Tennessee (52 percent)

  • #8 North Carolina (50 percent)

  • #9 Georgia (48 percent)

  • #10 Oklahoma (48 percent)

  • #51 Vermont (23 percent)

  • #50 New Hampshire (23 percent)

  • #49 Maine (25 percent)

  • #48 Massachusetts (28 percent)

  • #47 Alaska (28 percent)

  • #46 Oregon (30 percent)

  • #45 Nevada (30 percent)

  • #44 Washington (30 percent)

  • #43 Connecticut (31 percent)

  • #42 District of Columbia (32 percent)

  • #42 New York (32 percent)

  • #42 Rhode Island (32 percent)