Some 38% of families in Tel Aviv don’t have children, report reveals

Some 1.91 million families living in Israel, 300,000 in Arab sector.

February 17, 2015 16:43
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THE TEL AVIV skyline; the area around the city is home to many Israeli start-ups

THE TEL AVIV skyline. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Tel Aviv has a higher proportion of families without children than any other city in the country, according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Family Day.

Some 1.91 million families lived in Israel in 2013, compared to 1.6 million a decade ago. Of these families some 1.53 million were Jewish and some 333,000 were Arab.

The average family has 3.7 members, a figure that has not changed these past 10 years. The average Jewish family has 3.55 members and the average Arab family has 4.62.

The difference was caused by high fertility rates among the Arabs and a higher life expectancy among the Jews, among other things, the researchers said.

Forty-five percent of the families in Israel lived in one of the 14 largest cities in 2013.

Tel Aviv had the highest rate of families without children, some 38%, while fewer than half, some 34.6%, included couples with children up to the age of 17. In contrast, only 21.2% of families in Jerusalem consisted of childless couples, while 55.8% were couples with children up to the age of 17.

The Southern District had the highest rate of single parent families with children up to the age of 17, some 7.6% compared to the national average of 6.3%. In contrast, Judea and Samaria had the highest proportion of families with children up to the age of 17, some 68%, compared to the national average of some 49%.

Some 2.51 million children up to the age of 17 lived with their families. The vast majority, some 92%, lived with both their parents, while the remainder lived with only one parent.

The average family with children had 2.4 – 2.3 among Jews and 2.8 among Arabs.

Furthermore, the proportion of Arab families with four or more children up to the age of 17 was double that of Jewish families.

The report also addressed the household expenditure.

In 2013, the average household spent NIS 14,501 per month for goods and services; a household with children spent on average 1.4 times more than a childless household.

Similarly, the average monthly salary per household stood at NIS 17,711, while a household with children earned on average 1.4 times more than one without children.

Some 78.4% of Jewish households had employed members, as compared to 78.5% of Arab households.

Jewish households had an average of 0.81 people per room in 2013, while Arab had an average of 1.35 people per room.

Some 54.5% of households had more than one room per member, with the ratio decreasing the more people there were per family. Jews living alone had an average of 2.76 rooms; families of seven or more had an average of 0.57 rooms per member.

Arabs living alone had an average of 2.39 rooms, while households of seven or more people had 0.46 rooms per member.

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