Israel's population numbers 7.2 million

On eve of Rosh Hashana, growth rate of Israel's Jews is 1.5%, compared with 2.6% among Arabs.

September 10, 2007 15:16
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dancing yom haatzmaut . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Looking for a wife who will give you at least three children, likely outsmart you, and almost certainly outlive you? According to the latest Central Bureau of Statistics report, based on figures for 2006, Israel is the place to be. CBS numbers released on Monday, ahead of Rosh Hashana, show there are more women than men in Israel, and they live longer: While men outnumber women between the ages of 0 and 35, the ratio reaches equilibrium at 36. By age 75 there are only 673 men per 1,000 women. Overall, the country's population rose 1.8% from the previous year to 7,116,600. Jews comprised 75.8% (5,393,400) of Israelis, 19.9% (1,413,300) were Arabs and 4.4% (309,900) were "other," including immigrants and their family members in the Jewish sector who are not registered as Jews in the population registry. While the Jewish population grew by 1.5% in the last year, the Arab sector grew by 2.6%, including a Muslim growth rate of 2.9%, down from 3.8% in 2000. The average age at death for Israeli men in 2006 was 78.5, an increase of 0.2 years from the year before, while women's average death age was stable at 82.2. Women make up 61 percent of those studying for a bachelor's degree; at least 60% of female high school graduates go on to higher education, compared to 50% among males. Infant mortality fell again in 2006, both among Jews and Arabs, reaching 2.9 per 1,000 deliveries in the Jewish sector and 6.7 per 1,000 deliveries among Arabs. Israel's population remains younger than in the West generally. In 2006, those between the ages of 0 and 14 constituted 28% of the general population, compared with an average of 17% in Western countries. Those over 65 constituted only 10% of the population, compared with an average of 15% in the West. The median age rose to 28.6 in 2006, meaning that half of the population was under that age. In 2005, 75.4% of men in their twenties were bachelors while 58.6% of women in this age group were single. In 2000, 69.2% of men and 48.9% of women between the age of 20 and 29 were unmarried. In 2005, 41,029 Israeli couples married; 31,286 (76%) were Jews and 8,280 (20%) were Muslims. That same year, 11,030 couples divorced, of whom 9,767 (89%) were Jews and 1,136 (10%) were Muslims. The median age of first marriage for men in 2005 was 27.3, and for women it was 24.2. In 2006, most Israelis (66%) were born here, compared with 35% in 1948. Out of 8,800 Jews who left the Gaza Strip in 2005, around 2,300 have not registered as residents of another community. Most disengagement evacuees were absorbed in the Southern District and several hundred of them have registered in Yad Binyamin, in the Rehovot subdistrict. Israel's population density keeps growing. In 2006, Israel had an average density of 310 people per square kilometer, compared with 220 in 1990, excluding Judea and Samaria. In 2006, 148,170 Israelis were born, up 3% from a year earlier. Jewish women had 2.75 children on average while Muslim women had 3.97. The mother's average age at first delivery was 26 years and 10 months. The number of Israeli schoolchildren is expected to grow from 1,440,000 in 2006 to 1,527,000 in 2012, a rise of 6%. The main increase (19%) is expected among the haredi population, while the Arab sector is expected to grow by 11.5%. A decrease of 1.2% is forecast in students in the state secular school system and growth of 4.4% is projected in the state religious system.

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