“And that ye may prolong your days upon the land, which Hashem swore unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Deuteronomy 11:9 (The Israel Bible™)
An announcement by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on the occasion of the International Child Day 2016 states that, for the first time since the creation of the state in 1948, Israeli Jewish women’s overall fertility rate has matched that of Israeli Arab women: 3.13 children per woman on average. This means that the Jewish demographic trend is on the upswing, while the Arab numbers are slowing down.
The announcement shared a fascinating list of facts and figures on the heartwarming topic of Israeli children. Such as that by the end of 2015 there were 2.798 million children ages 0 to 17 living in Israel, constituting 33 percent of the population. In Jerusalem children are 40 percent of the general population, in Haifa 23 percent and in Tel Aviv only 21 percent.
Out of Israel’s children, 1.996 million are Jews (71.3 percent), 718,000 are Arab (25.7 percent) and the rest, 84,000 children (3 percent), are neither.
By the end of 2015, the average number of children under age 17 per household was 2.4. The largest number of children per household was in Beit Shemesh — 3.8, B’nei B’rak — 3.4, and Jerusalem — 3. The lowest number of children per household was in Bat Yam — 1.8.
Here’s another heartwarming bit of data: a whopping 92 percent of Israeli children live with both parents; only 8 percent— 210,000 children — live with one parent, 92 percent of them with their mother.