Wednesday, March 07, 2012

And So Affordable!

Nicely - and we're sure, deliberately - timed for Purim, the local paper informs us that there are 35 Jewish families in Querétaro, each comprised of six to eight people. Thus, there are approximately 245 Jews in this state.

Usually, when people start counting the number of Jews, we start looking for armbands, but this is probably benign.  (We'll let you know when they stat publishing names and addresses.)  Instead, we'll do the math  - 1.8 million people divided by 245 - and note that the state's 0.013% Jewish population is one-third the national average of 0.04%.  We have nothing profound to add here.  Just a data point. 

L'chaim!

Update:  In comments, Donald chastises us for not knowing all of Mexico's most recent demographic statistics off the top of our head:

You seem to have based your numbers on the 2000 INEGI census, which showed a total Jewish population of 45,260, and not the more recent 2010 survey, which totaled 67,476.  Taken as a percentage of the overall population, this gives us a Mexico that is 0.6% Jewish.  As you've used the 0.4% figure in previous posts (written before the 2010 census, but accurate based on the 2000 numbers), you probably misremembered it as 0.04.  Happens to the best of us!  Anyway, if the point you were making is that Querétaro is considerably less Jewish than the already-not-very-Jewish rest of the country, boy, were you ever right!  Its 0.013% Jewish population is forty-six times smaller than the national average.
(Okay, what he actually said was "a little homework would have helped," and then linked to Wikipedia, but still, the point is the same. Burro Hall regrets the error.)

1 comment:

Don Gringo said...

a little homework would have helped
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Mexico