Baltimore Jewry shows sharp rise in a decade

The number of Jewish households in the greater Baltimore area has grown substantially in the past decade — jumping from 36,000 in 1999 to 42,500 last year.

A new demographic study of the Baltimore Jewish community also shows that Baltimore’s Jewish population has increased by 2,000 people since the last survey, conducted in 1999.

Baltimore is home to 93,400 Jews, according to the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study conducted on behalf of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The study found that the total percentage of Orthodox Jews in the Baltimore area soared from 21 percent to 32 percent; Jews that say they are “just managing” economically or worse shot up from one in five to one in three; and people from age 85 have gone from being 9 percent of the 65-and-older population to 20 percent.

More than 1,200 interviews were completed in 2010 between February and May. The survey has a margin of error of 5.3

percent. — jta