West Central Queens

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Population Estimates and Demography

West Central Queens is home to 21,000 Jewish adults and 5,000 Jewish children in 14,000 households. These households are home to 30,000 total people, including both Jews and non-Jews in Jewish households. 17% of households in West Central Queens include a Jewish person.

The average age of adults in Jewish households in West Central Queens is 48, higher than the average age in Queens. 33% of these adults are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, 19% of this area's population are children.

The percentage of adults in Jewish households by age groups.

    52% of adults in Jewish households in West Central Queens are married, compared with 53% in the county overall. 18% have never married and 10% are divorced or separated.

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

      27% of adults in Jewish households in West Central Queens were born outside of the U.S., and 58% in Queens were born in the New York area, a rate lower than in the eight-county area as a whole.

      Poverty and Well-Being

      West Central Queens has a similar median income compared with that of the entire county. The share of low-income households is higher compared with Queens 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 higher: 16% earn up to two and a half times the federal poverty line.

        29% of households say they can't make ends meet or are just managing, while 34% say they have some extra money or are well off.

        4% of households in West Central Queens 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

            64% of Jewish adults in West Central Queens 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 Queens overall, and greater than the rate across the eight counties.

            27% of Jewish adults are synagogue members, and 15% of Jewish households with children ages 5-17 send at least one to Jewish day school.

            9% of households in West Central Queens are Orthodox, 18% are Conservative, and 32% are Reform. 42% 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 14% say they attend Jewish programs at least monthly, more than the rate among Jewish adults in Queens overall, and greater than the rate across the eight counties.

              Jewish behaviors West Central Queens Queens 8-County Total
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who celebrate Chanukah. 70% 74% 80%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who participate in a Passover seder. 84% 75% 77%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who observe Yom Kippur in some way. 84% 70% 70%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who mark Shabbat in a way different from other days. 56% 49% 48%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who keep a kosher home. 15% 18% 21%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who attend Jewish prayer services, at least monthly. 17% 19% 23%