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New York Jewish Population to Rise in Number but Decline in Percentage

October 16, 1961
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The Jewish population of New York City, comprising 2,060,000 in 1957, will rise to 2,136,000 by 1975, according to a survey released here by the Protestant Council today. Percentage wise, however, in comparison to the city’s total population, Jews will make up 25.6 percent of the total population by 1975, compared with 26.4 percent in 1957.

While the Jewish percentage is expected to drop by some eight-tenths of one percent by 1975, the Protestants will increase by nearly one percent, to a total of 2,012,000, while the Catholics will drop slightly to 48 percent, or 2,984,000 out of a total population of 8,315,000. Among the Protestants, the figures show, 45 percent will be Negroes and 11 percent Puerto Ricans. The survey notes that the figures are based on religious identification, rather than religious affiliation, stating that nearly one-third of the New Yorkers have no direct religious ties.

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