Israel Central Bureau of Statistics: Jewish and Arab fertility rates equal

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released a report indicating that the Jewish fertility rate and Arab fertility rate in the country are now equal.
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For the first time in the history of Israel, the Jewish fertility rate and Arab fertility rate are equal, according to a new reported released by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) today (Tuesday). According to the report, which is based on data from the end of 2015, Arab women and Jewish women gave birth to 3.13 children on average. “Until the early 2000s, the average number of children to which an Arab woman was expected to give birth during her lifetime was about 4.3 while the average for a Jewish woman was about 2.6,” explained the CBS.

Over the past decade, the gap became smaller and smaller and in 2015, for the first time, the average fertility rates among Arab and Jewish women in Israel were identical. The report, which was released in order to mark Children’s Day, also indicated that there are 2.798 million children (under the age of 17) living in Israel, about a third of the country’s population. Almost two million of them are Jewish while about 718,000 are Arab. About 84,000 are Christians who are not Arabs or not affiliated with a specific religion.

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