Jewish, Arab birthrate in Israel about even

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The birthrate of Jewish and Arab women in Israel is about even, according to new Israeli figures.

Jewish women in Israel had a birthrate of 3.11 children and Arab women had a birthrate of 3.17 children at the end of 2014, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The figures were released Tuesday, ahead of World Children’s Day.

Slightly more than a decade ago, there was nearly a two-child gap in the birthrate, with Arab women at 4.3 compared to Jewish women at 2.6.

At a total of 2.74 million, children make up 33 per cent of Israel’s population, according to the CBS. Some 1.945 million, or 71 per cent, are Jewish and 713,000, or 26 per cent, are Arab.

The statistics also found that about 92 per cent of all Israeli children live with two parents, and that most children in one-parent homes, or 93 per cent, live with their mother.

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