The Israeli population is quickly approaching 8 million residents, according to a demographic study released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday. According to the report, 7,836,600 people live in Israel. Of these, 75.4 percent are Jews, 20.6 percent are Arabs and the remainder are mainly immigrants listed as non-Jews in the population registry.
Around 4 percent of the state's residents live over the Green Line. By the end of 2035, between 10 million and 12.8 million people are expected to live in the country. The Jewish population is predicted to be between 7.4 million and 9.3 million, while Arabs will number between 2.3 million and 2.9 million.
In the 35-39 age group, 16 percent of men and 12 percent of women are single. Between 2000 and 2010, the average age for marrying has risen among Jewish women from 24.4 to 25.5, while the average age among Jewish men climbed from 26.7 to 27.6. Muslims marry younger - women on average at 20.6, and men at 25.8.
Some 48,000 Israeli couples married in 2010, 75 percent of them Jewish. Some 13,000 couples divorced, 80 percent of them Jewish. Some 90 percent of the brides and grooms were marrying for the first time.
The report reveals that 166,296 babies were born in 2010, 73 percent of them Jews and 21 percent of them Muslims. Muslim fertility is still relatively high - 3.51 children per woman. However, this figure is a substantial drop from the rate of 4.74 children in 2000. The trend among Jewish women reversed, rising from 2.53 children per woman in 1995 to 2.98 in 2011.
Life expectancy for newborn babies rose by 8.6 years for boys and 8.9 years for girls since the end of the 1970s and the beginning of this decade. The Central Bureau of Statistics explains this change is due to a drop in mortality in the 45-74 age group and a reduction in infant mortality rates among Arabs.
Life expectancy among Israelis is among the highest in the world. According to statistics of the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development quoted by the Central Bureau, Israeli men are tied for second place with Japan, after first-place Switzerland. The situation among Israeli women is not quite as outstanding. Their life expectancy trails the leader, Japan, by three years.
Still, they are in a good group that includes Australia, Finland, Austria, South Korea, Iceland, Sweden and Luxembourg.
The report also reveals that 24 percent of all Israeli families have no children. Most couples - 80 percent of Arabs and 60 percent of Jews - have two children.
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