The number of poor Jews living in New York City increased sharply from 1991 to 2001. Overall, the number of poor Jews - defined as members of families with incomes below 150% of the Federal poverty guideline - rose from 145,000 persons in 1991 to an estimated 180,000 persons in the year 2001. This was an increase of more than 24 percent.
The report contains detailed estimates of the poor Jewish population by boroughs and by major neighborhoods. Within the city, Brooklyn has by far the largest concentration of poor Jews. In part, this is because Brooklyn is where most Russian speaking refugees have settled in recent years. The analysis in this report is described as "preliminary" because it has been produced in advance of the release of detailed US Census data and the planned UJA-Federation population study of 2002. Met Council plans to follow up this preliminary assessment with a more detailed report when these additional sources of data are available. This preliminary report has been produced at this time primarily to provide the best available information to New York's new mayor and an almost entirely new City Council.