Northwest Suffolk

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Population Estimates and Demography

Northwest Suffolk is home to 41,000 Jewish adults and 6,000 Jewish children in 30,000 households. These households are home to 80,000 total people, including both Jews and non-Jews in Jewish households. 18% of households in Northwest Suffolk include a Jewish person.

The average age of adults in Jewish households in Northwest Suffolk is 45, lower than the average age in Suffolk. 20% of these adults are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, 24% of this area's population are children.

The percentage of adults in Jewish households by age groups.

    83% of adults in Jewish households in Northwest Suffolk are married, compared with 77% in the county overall. 6% have never married and 3% are divorced or separated.

    The percentage of adults in Jewish households who are single, married, widowed, or divorced.

      11% of adults in Jewish households in Northwest Suffolk were born outside of the U.S., and 76% in Suffolk were born in the New York area, a rate higher than in the eight-county area as a whole.

      Poverty and Well-Being

      Northwest Suffolk has a similar median income compared with that of the entire county. The share of low-income households is lower compared with Suffolk as a whole.

      The percentage of Jewish households by income bracket. Income reflects earnings from all members of the household, before taxes and not including government benefits.

        Compared with the entire county, the share of Jewish households who are poor or near poor is lower: 6% earn up to two and a half times the federal poverty line.

        25% of households say they can't make ends meet or are just managing, while 47% say they have some extra money or are well off.

        4% of households in Northwest Suffolk are food-insecure, reporting that they have run out of food at least sometimes in the last year.

        The percentage of Jewish households that, in the past year, have run out of food before they had money to buy more.

            Jewish Engagement

            46% of Jewish adults in Northwest Suffolk report feeling some or more a part of the Jewish community in New York. 94% feel being Jewish is important to them, more than the rate among Jewish adults in Suffolk overall, and greater than the rate across the eight counties.

            18% of Jewish adults are synagogue members.

            3% of households in Northwest Suffolk are Orthodox, 30% are Conservative, and 31% are Reform. 36% have no denomination or identify with a group not listed above.

            The percentage of Jewish adults who identify as Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or other/none of the above.
              Jewish Practices and Behaviors

              4% of adults in Jewish households say they attend synagogue at least monthly, and 7% say they attend Jewish programs at least monthly, less than the rate among Jewish adults in Suffolk overall, and lower than the rate across the eight counties.

              Jewish behaviors Northwest Suffolk Suffolk 8-County Total
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who celebrate Chanukah. 71% 68% 80%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who participate in a Passover seder. 68% 65% 77%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who observe Yom Kippur in some way. 61% 56% 70%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who mark Shabbat in a way different from other days. 33% 27% 48%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who keep a kosher home. 4% 3% 21%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who attend Jewish prayer services, at least monthly. 4% 5% 23%