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Census: Almost 100,000 Jews in Australia

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Australia’s 2011 census shows that Australia’s official Jewish population has risen to almost 100,000, a rise of 10 percent in five years.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics lists the Jewish population at 97,335 – 0.5 percent of Australia’s 22.5 million person population.

Jewish demographers, however, believe the number may be several thousand larger, due to potential inaccuracies caused by the optional nature of the religion question – which does not list Judaism as an option but rather lumps it into the “Other” category – as well as their belief that Holocaust survivors may be less inclined to volunteer information about their Jewishness.

Hebrew University demography scholar Professor Sergio DellaPergola listed Australia’s Jewish population as just over 107,000 in 2010, and ranked Australia as the ninth largest Jewish community in the world, behind Israel, the United States, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, Argentina, and Germany.

More than 60 percent of Australians identify as Christian and more than 20 percent said they were not a part of any religion.  Hinduism is the nation’s largest growing religion, with Islam coming in second with over 475,000 followers.

Minority Births in US Over 50%

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

It’s official – over half of babies are being born to racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, according to a report in the Associated Press.

Minorities increased 1.9% to 114.1 million in 2010, or about 36.6% of Americans.  They made up approximately 2.02 million births in the 12 months between July 2010 and July 2011, or 50.4% of US births, compared to 37% in 1990.

The annual growth rates for Latinos and Asians fell sharply last year to just over 2%, roughly half the rates in 2000 and the lowest in more than a decade. The growth rate for black Americans stayed flat at 1%.

The census report also showed that Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the District of Columbia have minority populations exceeding 50%.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/minority-births-in-us-over-50/2012/05/17/

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