Williamsburg

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Population Estimates and Demography

Williamsburg is home to 36,000 Jewish adults and 32,000 Jewish children in 21,000 households. These households are home to 76,000 total people, including both Jews and non-Jews in Jewish households. 21% of households in Williamsburg include a Jewish person.

The average age of adults in Jewish households in Williamsburg is 31, lower than the average age in Brooklyn. 5% of these adults are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, 44% of this area's population are children.

The percentage of adults in Jewish households by age groups.

    65% of adults in Jewish households in Williamsburg are married, compared with 62% in the county overall. 18% have never married and 8% are divorced or separated.

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

      12% of adults in Jewish households in Williamsburg were born outside of the U.S., and 51% in Brooklyn were born in the New York area, a rate lower than in the eight-county area as a whole.

      Poverty and Well-Being

      Williamsburg has a lower median income compared with that of the entire county. The share of low-income households is higher compared with Brooklyn 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: 60% earn up to two and a half times the federal poverty line.

        47% of households say they can't make ends meet or are just managing, while 21% say they have some extra money or are well off.

        11% of households in Williamsburg 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

            74% of Jewish adults in Williamsburg report feeling some or more a part of the Jewish community in New York. 71% feel being Jewish is important to them, less than the rate among Jewish adults in Brooklyn overall, and lower than the rate across the eight counties.

            71% of Jewish adults are synagogue members, and 97% of Jewish households with children ages 5-17 send at least one to Jewish day school.

            74% of households in Williamsburg are Orthodox, 1% are Conservative, and 7% are Reform. 18% 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

              70% of adults in Jewish households say they attend synagogue at least monthly, and 1% say they attend Jewish programs at least monthly, less than the rate among Jewish adults in Brooklyn overall, and lower than the rate across the eight counties.

              Jewish behaviors Williamsburg Brooklyn 8-County Total
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who celebrate Chanukah. 90% 87% 80%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who participate in a Passover seder. 92% 85% 77%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who observe Yom Kippur in some way. 84% 79% 70%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who mark Shabbat in a way different from other days. 86% 68% 48%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who keep a kosher home. 71% 46% 21%
              The percentage of adults in Jewish households who attend Jewish prayer services, at least monthly. 70% 46% 23%