The survey revealed nearly 60 percent of Jews in New Mexico have a graduate or professional degree, and most are older than 45 years old. The survey results show that 87 percent of the Jewish population in the state moved to New Mexico from a different location, and 70 percent of the people surveyed plan to remain in the state for the foreseeable future. Also, 48 percent surveyed identified as Reform Jews compared to the national average of 35 percent.
According to the survey results:
The Jewish population in New Mexico is an aging community with 71% older than age 45, (compared with 56% of all New Mexicans). According to the survey:
- 34% are over 65 years old
- 16% are between the ages of 55 and 64
- 21% are between the ages of 45 and 54
- 29% are 44 years old or younger
- 58% of New Mexico Jews have a graduate or professional degree
- 28% received a four-year university degree
- 6% possess a two-year associate’s degree
- 7% graduated from high school
- 19% moved from New York
- 14% moved from California
- 6% moved from Texas
- 48% said they are Reform
- 18% are Conservative
- 5% Renewal
- 3% said they were Reconstructionist
- 2% are Orthodox
- 2% Chabad
- Anti-Defamation League (35%)
- Hadassah (33%)
- Jewish Community Center (31%)
- Jewish National Fund (28%)
- Jewish Federation of New Mexico (24%)
- 78% said they are emotionally attached to Israel.
- 84% were raised Jewish. Of the 16% that were not, 65% formally converted to Judaism.
- More than 70% plan to remain in New Mexico for the foreseeable future, and less than 20% are considering moving in the next few years.
- 89% of the New Mexico Jewish population consider themselves white and 5% said they herald from Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origins.
We were extremely pleased with our initial findings of this statewide survey.
There are more Jews living in New Mexico than what we originally thought, comprising 1% of the total New Mexican population.
Individuals have significantly more education and experience than we initially hypothesized.
The survey results will help us provide better tailored resources to serve our Jewish communities for decades to come.The Jewish Federation of New Mexico worked in conjunction with Kupersmit Research, a strategic research firm with more than a decade’s experience in market research, on the survey which provided positive insights and preliminary survey results of the two-part research project.
The second portion of the research process will include focus groups with Jewish community members throughout the state to gain in-depth, qualitative information about local Jewish communities.
After the focus groups are completed and the results are analyzed with the demographic survey, the Jewish Federation of New Mexico will have a better understanding of how Jews in New Mexico identify as being Jewish, attitudes towards their religion, participation in the Jewish community, level of Judaic practice, and further demographic characteristics.
This data will be directed to better serving the needs of the Jewish communities, while also supporting future planning and resource allocation statewide.
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