Over 1.2 million Muslims living in Israel at end of 2009

November 15, 2010 18:33


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At the end of 2009, the Muslim population in Israel was estimated to be 1,286,000 people, an increase of 32,000 people from the end of 2008, according to new figures on the Muslim population in Israel released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

Among the Muslim population, 264,000 thousand (20.5 percent) were living in Jerusalem, with Muslims constituting over a third (34.2%) of all of the capital's residents, and making it the largest community of Muslims living in Israel.

By the end of 2009, the total rate of fertility (defined as the average number of children a woman will have in her lifetime) within the Muslim population stood at 3.7 children per woman, a decline from 4.7 children per woman in 2000, but currently the highest birthrate in Israel overall. The percentage also makes the birth rate among the Muslim population in Israel higher than the birth rate among Muslims in Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon.

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