Fertility rates

A dramatic decrease was recorded over the past 10 years in the fertility rates of Arab women, both in the country as a whole and in Jerusalem.

March 7, 2019 08:36
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Fertility rates

‘TO BE a parent in Israel is almost obligatory’: Israel’s national health insurance system offers one of the world’s most generous fertility packages.. (photo credit: ILLUSTRATIVE; INGIMAGE/ASAP)


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Most of the variables we work with are calculated for both men and women, but there is one variable that is only measured for women. In honor of International Women’s Day, this column examines the topic of fertility.

About a decade ago, in 2007, the Total Fertility Rate in Jerusalem was 3.96 children per woman. The TFR is the number of children a woman is expected to give birth to in her lifetime. The rate in the entire country at the time was 2.90. That same year the rate among Arab women in both Israel (3.62) and in Jerusalem (4.07) was higher than that of Jewish women (2.71 and 3.96, respectively). The data are taken from the Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook, slated to be published on Jerusalem Day in about three months.


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