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2021 Kansas City Jewish Community Study

Matthew Boxer, Matthew A. Brookner, Matthew Feinberg, Raquel Magidin de Kramer, Daniel Mangoubi, Adam Martin, Daniel Nussbaum, Ellie Pasternack, Zachary Seeskin, David Dutwin, Janet Krasner Aronson and Leonard Saxe

March 2022

the 2021 Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Study is the first in-depth examination of the size and characteristics of the Jewish community in the Kansas City area since 1985. The study provides a comprehensive portrait of the 22,100 Jews in the community; Their families; their Jewish attitudes, behaviors and affiliations; their health and financial well-being; and other measures of their engagement in Jewish life. The results should help the Greater Kansas City Jewish community make crucial decisions about the next decade of Jewish life in the area.

Among the discoveries:

  • The Greater Kansas City Jewish community numbers approximately 28,300 adults and children, 22,100 of whom are Jewish, living in 12,600 households.
  • The average age of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City is 53 and the median is 60, slightly older than the national median age of Jewish adults, 49.
  • Twenty-two percent of Jewish households in Greater Kansas City include children under the age of 18.
  • The individual intermarriage rate (ie the proportion of Jewish adults married to a non-Jewish spouse) is 41%, comparable to the national average.
  • Forty-four percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City identify as Reform, which is slightly higher than the national average of 37%. The proportions of Conservative Jews in Greater Kansas City (18%) and Jews of no particular faith (32%) are almost identical to the national averages, but there are fewer Orthodox Jews (4%) and Jews who identify with other denominations (2%) .
  • Six percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City identify as LGBTQ.
  • Four percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City grew up in Russian-speaking homes.
  • Four percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City identify as Israeli citizens.
  • Four percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City identify as Hispanic or a racial group other than white. However, only 2% identify as people of color.
  • Sixty-three percent of Jewish adults in Greater Kansas City identify politically as very liberal or liberal. Another 23% describe themselves as moderate and the remaining 14% are very conservative or conservative.
  • Two-thirds of Greater Kansas City’s Jewish households reside in Kansas and one-third reside in Missouri.

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