Israels family structure changing

The number of families in Israel in 2011 was about 1.83 million, 81 percent of them Jewish, according to the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Twenty-eight percent of Israeli families received social assistance.

The figures were published Feb. 6, Family Day in Israel. 

The CBS reported that some 95 percent of Israeli couples are married, although the percentage of unmarried couples living together is rising steadily. Sixty-nine percent of unmarried couples who live together have no children.

The average number of people in Jewish families is 3.7 vs. 4.8 for Israeli Arab families. This difference is due to higher fertility rates within the Arab population, and to aging within the Jewish population. Nearly a third of Arab families have six people, as opposed to only 10 percent in Jewish families.

The number of single mothers with children younger than 18 grew from 8,400 in 2000 to 13,500 in 2011 — an increase of almost 60 percent. —