60% of British Jews Live in London

Just .5% of Total Population, But Concentrated in Capital: Study

Concentrated: Jews make up nearly half the population of some London neighborhoods, but are almost absent in much of Britain, a new study found.
getty images
Concentrated: Jews make up nearly half the population of some London neighborhoods, but are almost absent in much of Britain, a new study found.

By JTA

Published February 24, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Britain’s Jewish population is becoming more concentrated, with nearly 60 percent of Jews living in London, new statistics show.

According to detailed figures from the 2011 census released this week, 90 percent of the country’s 263,000 Jews live in just 20 percent of its neighborhoods.

The most heavily Jewish area was the Orthodox suburb of Golders Green in North West London, with 7,661 Jews, a growth of 35 percent since the last census in 2001.

“This concentration into relatively few places often gives rise to the perception that there is a greater Jewish presence in Britain than is actually the case,” said David Graham of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. “Nationally, Jews comprise just 0.5 percent of the population, but at the local level that proportion rises to as much as 40 percent in some places.”

He noted that many of the areas that were growing fastest were Haredi Orthodox neighborhoods in London and Manchester, buoyed by high birth rates.Another trend was for Jews to move further out of “the crowded and congested” capital to the “greener, more spacious surroundings” of Greater London.

Partially as a result, some previously dominant areas such as Redbridge in North East London were showing considerable decline, leaving some schools and shuls struggling to fill places.

The full set of census data will continue to be released in stages throughout 2013 and 2014 and will be used to inform planning in the community.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • Russia's playing the "Jew card"...again.
  • "Israel should deal with this discrimination against Americans on its own merits... not simply as a bargaining chip for easy entry to the U.S." Do you agree?
  • For Moroccan Jews, the end of Passover means Mimouna. Terbhou ou Tse'dou! (good luck) How do you celebrate?
  • Calling all Marx Brothers fans!
  • What's it like to run the Palestine International Marathon as a Jew?
  • Does Israel have a racism problem?
  • This 007 hates guns, drives a Prius, and oh yeah — goes to shul with Scarlett Johansson's dad.
  • Meet Alvin Wong. He's the happiest man in America — and an observant Jew. The key to happiness? "Humility."
  • "My first bra was a training bra, a sports bra that gave the illusion of a flat chest."
  • "If the people of Rwanda can heal their broken hearts and accept the Other as human, so can we."
  • Aribert Heim, the "Butcher of Mauthausen," died a free man. How did he escape justice?
  • This guy skipped out on seder at his mom's and won a $1 million in a poker tournament. Worth it?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.