Monday, March 13, 2006

Monsey v. Long Island

The other day I was in Staten Island on a Yachad shabbaton. During Oneg I had a preposterous debate with a Monseyite. She said that there were more Jews in Monsey than there are in Long Island. A fellow Long Islander (West Hempstead specifically) came to his homeland's defense.
"No way. What're you crazy there are more Jews on Long Island. Come on think about it; The Five Towns."

She countered with, "Hey, only three of the Five Towns have Jews, and even they aren't all Jewish."
I decided against my better judgement to enter this rediculous conversation.

"What about Far Rockaway, thats almost like Long Island."

"THATS QUEENS," they responded almost in unison. "Doesn't count."

This pointless debate when on for another twenty minutes before I pointed out the Hamptons and the Monsey girl conceded.

When I got home, I was curious as to how close it was. So I checked the census. Unfortunatley, it is Illegal for the U.S. Census to collect data on religion, so i was going to have to make assumptions with the research just a smidge.
First I checked for population. Monsey had a population of about 14 thousand. Lets assume for arguments sake that every single one of those Monse-keteers are Jewish. Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau) combined have a population of 2.75 million. For Monsey to "out-jew" LI, Long Island would need a Jewish population of less thatn .5%.

Which begs the question, what the hell was she thinking?

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Anonymous Mike Da Kike said...

You have to check the statistics for the whole county - Monsey is just one town. You forgot New Hempstead, Suffern, Spring Valley, New Square, and so on.

Look at Rockland County. Ten years ago, they said Rockland County as a whole was 33% Jewish. Now get the stats for Long Island and do the same thing.

Monday, March 13, 2006 5:31:00 PM  

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Anonymous not a jew said...

ya, you need to do a density, so jews/population. If rockland county is 33% then i still think Long Island wins. Plus you can not count the south shore and the density will sky rocket.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 2:06:00 PM  

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