Jews Are Richer, Older and Better Educated Than Other Americans

I always say that Jews are privileged. Well, the Pew Forum’s study of the American religious landscape shows that my people are richer, older, and more educated than other Americans by a significant factor.

Consider income. According to Pew, 46 percent of Jews say their family income is over $100,000 a year. Nationally the number is 19 percent. If you turn to mainline Protestant families–the gentiles I usually compare Jews to as privileged–the percentage is just 21 percent, less than half the Jewish percentage. No one else is even close. Except for Hindus, with 43 percent of their
families making over $100,000; and I have to think that number is
skewed by Asian professional immigration–and by the fact that Hindus
are a splinter group, less than half of a percent of the population.
Jews are 1.7 percent of the population.

And if you break down Pew’s Jewish numbers, you find that 55 percent of Reform Jews make over $100,000 a year–three times the national figure of 19 percent.

Other revelations are that 51 percent of Jews are 50 and older. The national average is 41 percent. Though mainline Protestants are also older in the same proportion: 51 percent. I wonder whether this is a sign of better health care and longevity. Though it could be a sign of the erosion in Jewish numbers from intermarriage.

Now education. The national average for college or postgraduate education is 27 percent. Among Jews it is 59 percent. Among Hindus, that number is a whopping 74 percent. And as for mainline Protestants, 34 percent.

What’s the bottom line? My people are an American elite. We are principals in American society. Celebrate it, and accept the social responsibility that status entails.

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  1. americangoy says:

    Recycled post but very apt here:

    Which is funny when reading this:
    link to adl.org
    "In more recent years, the anti-Semitic notion that "the Jews" dominate and command the U.S. Federal Reserve System and in effect control the world’s money has surfaced across the extremist spectrum. Contemporary economic anxieties and distrust of government have given new life to this timeworn myth.
    (…)
    The charge that "Jews control the Federal Reserve" is a classic example of the hatemonger's paranoid-style exploitation of legitimate concerns in this case, the nation's economy. Moreover, the wide appeal of this anti-Semitic conspiracy theory among all kinds of extremists strikingly demonstrates how the agendas of otherwise opposing hate groups meet on common ground: the scapegoating of Jews."

    …considering all 5 of the Fed Reserve System ARE Jewish…

    I checked – there is no doubt – all 5 of Fed Reserve Board main members are Jewish.

    Make of that what you will.

  2. D. says:

    "I wonder whether this [older average age] is a sign of better health care and longevity. Though it could be a sign of the erosion in Jewish numbers from intermarriage."

    I think it just reflects the smaller number of children that is normally associated with higher income levels.

  3. Jim Haygood says:

    "Other revelations are that 51 percent of Jews are 50 and older." Obviously that's not a normal demographic distribution.

    The question is whether the survey counted practicing or professed members of religions, as opposed to those who were merely born into a given religion and identify a nominal affiliation with it. (I couldn't reach the Pew website to find out, as it's experiencing unusually heavy traffic.)

    If it's active members that were counted, the graying demographics of Judaism and mainline Protestantism reflect falling participation in organized religion among younger people, rather than the bugbear of intermarriage. The general dropoff in face-to-face community activities among younger cohorts is exhaustively detailed in Robert Putnam's book, "Bowling Alone."

    Of course, in an increasingly obese America, maybe some Jews just can't handle walking to synagogue — an issue that doesn't concern Protestants or Hindus.

  4. americangoy says:

    "Of course, in an increasingly obese America, maybe some Jews just can't handle walking to synagogue — an issue that doesn't concern Protestants or Hindus."

    I assure you, this phenomenon concerns ALL Americans across the board, of all ethnic groups and religious beliefs…

    You came across as borderline racist in that post.. but who am I to talk…

  5. cooper says:

    Richer, better educated…and they make the best penis-growing elixir on the market.

    Go Jews!!!

    link to ap.google.com

    Enzyte Maker Found Guilty of Fraud

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal court jury on Friday found the owner of a company that sells "male enhancement" tablets and other herbal supplements guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

    Steve Warshak, whose conviction was reported Friday by The Cincinnati Enquirer, is founder and president of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, which distributes Enzyte and a number of products alleged to boost energy, manage weight, reduce memory loss and aid restful sleep.

    Television ads for Enzyte feature "Smiling Bob," a goofy, grinning man whose life gets much better after he uses the product, which allegedly boosted his sexual performance.

    Warshak, 40, could face more than 20 years in prison and his company could have to forfeit tens of millions of dollars.

    Messages seeking comment from Warshak's Boston attorney Martin Weinberg and Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Porter were left at their offices Friday night.

    Prosecutors claimed customers were bilked out of $100 million through a series of deceptive ads, manipulated credit card transactions and the company's refusal to accept returns or cancel orders. They said unauthorized credit card charges generated thousands of complaints over unordered products.

    Warshak's mother, Harriett Warshak, also was convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering.

    The government also alleged the defendants obstructed investigations by two federal agencies.

    Some former employees, including relatives of Warshak, pleaded guilty to other charges and cooperated with prosecutors. They testified that the company created fictitious doctors to endorse the pills, fabricated a customer-satisfaction survey and made up numbers to back claims about Enzyte's effectiveness.

    Defense lawyers characterized that testimony as tainted because it was forced by the threat of prosecution.

    The defense contended in the trial that Berkeley suffered from customer service that didn't keep pace with the company's rapid growth from a one-person startup in 2001 to 1,500 employees in 2004.

    Weinberg also had told jurors that Berkeley had been targeted by the government in "a relentless criminal investigation."

    On the Net:
    Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals:

  6. Richard Witty says:

    I agree with the thesis that those that have the ability to effect others, have the responsibility to do so kindly, helpfully, respectfully.

    Power is the wrong territory, the wrong word though.

    Power is often constructed as a zero-sum game. If a group is seeking power, either you have it or someone else does.

    Ability, education, "empowerment", need not be a zero-sum, and that is the form that responsibility takes.

  7. Charles Keating says:

    Yes, I agree Richard; I think Jesus said that in his own way. Look what happened to him.

  8. Thomas Galting says:

    Well, I'm a neurosurgeon that makes $480,000 a year. I went to the University of Chicago for my graduate degree, and John Hopkins for my pre-med. I was born Christian and still am. Throughout my journey in life meeting varying people in many elite institutions of education. I found that religion was varying. Hell, I even spend some time visiting Harvard-there wasnt a bigger jewish population. Simply put people are rich and intelligent with religion remaining as an irrelevant factor. It would be like saying brunettes are richest because Bill Gates is a brunette. It's irrelevant, intellects dont segregate themselves with talks about "my people" and constantly trying to out beat society based upon religion. Theres more to sociology, the rankings of people, and the philosophy of life than religion. Seriously, look at the facts.