Upper West Side

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Population Estimates and Demography

Upper West Side is home to 54,000 Jewish adults and 13,000 Jewish children in 41,000 households. These households are home to 79,000 total people, including both Jews and non-Jews in Jewish households. 30% of households in Upper West Side include a Jewish person.

The average age of adults in Jewish households in Upper West Side is 50, higher than the average age in Manhattan. 32% of these adults are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, 20% of this area's population are children.

The percentage of adults in Jewish households by age groups.

    60% of adults in Jewish households in Upper West Side are married, compared with 50% in the county overall. 18% have never married and 6% are divorced or separated.

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

      14% of adults in Jewish households in Upper West Side were born outside of the U.S., and 48% in Manhattan were born in the New York area, a rate lower than in the eight-county area as a whole.

      Poverty and Well-Being

      Upper West Side has a similar median income compared with that of the entire county. The share of low-income households is lower compared with Manhattan 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: 9% earn up to two and a half times the federal poverty line.

        9% of households say they can't make ends meet or are just managing, while 61% say they have some extra money or are well off.

        0% of households in Upper West Side 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

            57% of Jewish adults in Upper West Side report feeling some or more a part of the Jewish community in New York. 84% feel being Jewish is important to them, less than the rate among Jewish adults in Manhattan overall, and lower than the rate across the eight counties.

            38% of Jewish adults are synagogue members, and 22% of Jewish households with children ages 5-17 send at least one to Jewish day school.

            12% of households in Upper West Side are Orthodox, 20% are Conservative, and 13% are Reform. 54% 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

              17% of adults in Jewish households say they attend synagogue at least monthly, and 11% say they attend Jewish programs at least monthly, less than the rate among Jewish adults in Manhattan overall, but greater than the rate across the eight counties.

              Jewish behaviors Upper West Side Manhattan 8-County Total
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who celebrate Chanukah. 81% 76% 80%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who participate in a Passover seder. 78% 74% 77%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who observe Yom Kippur in some way. 68% 61% 70%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who mark Shabbat in a way different from other days. 35% 38% 48%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who keep a kosher home. 17% 9% 21%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who attend Jewish prayer services, at least monthly. 17% 11% 23%