Israel’s Jewish and Arab birth rates now virtually the same

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( Jewish women in Israel are now having children at virtually the same rate as the country’s Arab women, according to newly released data from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Last year, the average Arab woman in Israel had 3.17 children, compared to Jewish women at 3.11. According to demographers, the 0.6 difference is “negligible,” rendering the birth rate equivalent for Jewish and Arab women.

In 2000, Arab women had an average of 4.3 children and Jewish women had 2.6 children, revealing significant growth in Israel’s Jewish population over the past 15 years. More secular Israeli cities tend to have lower birth rates. The CBS statistics were made public to commemorate International Children’s Day.

Posted on November 17, 2015 .