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One-third of Israel’s Population under Age of 18, Report Shows

November 18, 2021

by: Yaron Druckman

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Thursday, 18 November 2021 | One-third of Israel’s population is under the age of 18, according to a report published Wednesday ahead of International Children’s Day.

According to Israel Central Bureau of Statistic’s [CBS’s] report, at the end of 2020, 3,049,000 children under the age of 18 were living in Israel—2.2 million (72.4%) of whom were Jewish and 737,000 (24.2%) were Arab.

The other 105,000 (3.4%) are defined by the bureau as non-religious or non-Arab Christians.

With Israel’s population standing at around 9.2 million at the end of last year, at least 33% of the country’s residents are children.

The report also pointed to a continued decrease in juvenile population within the Arab sector. While in 2005, 47% of Arabs were under the age of 18, the figure had dropped to 44% in 2010.

The CBS said that the decrease in the percentage of Arab children is mainly due to a decrease in birth rates. In the early 2000s, the average Arab woman had 4 children, but the figure had dropped to 3.5 in 2010 and to 2.82 in 2020.

Data also showed that one-fourth of Jewish children aged 0–17 were ultra-Orthodox, despite the fact that the Haredi [ultra-Orthodox] community makes up only around 16% of Israel’s population.

The highest percentage of children in large cities with more than 100,000 residents was in Beit Shemesh (51.6%), followed by Bnei Brak (48.2%) and Jerusalem (39.2%).

In other big cities, the percentage of children is lower than the national level, which stands at 31%. The lowest percentage of children was in Tel Aviv-Yafo (21.0%) and Bat Yam (20.8%).

The majority of children in Israel (91%) live with two parents, according to the report. Only about 246,000 children live with a single parent, with the majority of them (88%) living with their mothers.

Posted on November 18, 2021

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on November 17, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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