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The nuclear family composed of a married couple and their children still accounts for the majority of Israeli families, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday.
In its annual compendium of statistics issued ahead of Family Day on Tuesday, the government agency reported that, in 2014, approximately 95 percent of all Israeli couples were married.
The remaining 88,000 pairs were described as “cohabiting” – a “low rate” compared to countries such as Italy at 7% and Norway at 27%.
Some 120,000, or 6%, of Israeli families were single- parent with children up to the age of 17, similar to the statistics reported in 2004, while 17% of single mothers were never married, an increase of 5% over the past decade.
The statistics showed that the most common living arrangement is in a family framework, and that there are approximately 1.96 million families, up from 1.65 million in 2005, with an average family having 3.7 members, down from 3.8 in 2002. About half of these consisted of a couple with children under 17.
The statistics bureau defined a family as “a social cell with two or more people who live in the same household who are connected to each other as a couple, or as parents and children.”
Jewish families without children outnumbered their Arab counterparts with 27% indicating that they were childless, compared to 10% of the Arab population.
“The composition of families in Israel varies among different population groups: Within the Arab population there is a higher percentage (64%) of families with two parents and children up to age 17, compared to the Jewish population (45%),” the bureau reported.