1/4 of Israel's children are Muslims
- Census: One quarter of Israel's children are Muslims
By Moti Bassok, Haaretz Correspondent - February 1, 2004
Four hundred and fifty thousand children below the age of 14, one
quarter of Israel's total youth population, are Muslims, the Central
Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Sunday. Israel's total Muslim
population stands at 1.7 million, 16 percent of the overall
population, at the beginning of 2004.
According to data released by the CBS on the occasion of the Id al-
Adha festival, the Arab sector's growth rate over the past number of
years stands at 3.4 percent. This figure is 2.4 times larger than the
Jewish sector's growth rate, which stands at 1.4 percent. The growth
rate among Israel's Muslim population is one of the highest in the
world, including the rates of neighboring Arab states.
Nearly all the growth in the Muslim population, 98 percent, is
attributed to natural growth (more births than deaths).
Only three percent of Israel's Muslim population is over the age of
65, while 12 percent of the Jewish population is older than 65.
Israel's Muslims live in some 186,000 households, some 10 percent of
Israel's total households. 5.3 individuals live in the average Muslim
household, compared to 3.1 individuals in the average Jewish home. At
least one nuclear family lives in most Muslim homes in Israel. In
just four percent of Muslim households live individuals without any
family connections, compared to more than 20 percent in the Jewish
Most Muslim households are traditional families comprising two
parents and children. Four percent of families are headed by a single
parent with at least one child aged 17 or younger, compared to seven
percent in the Jewish sector.
Most Israeli Muslims live in primarily Arab communities, particularly
when speaking of communities with less than 20,000 residents.
Jerusalem has the largest number of Muslim residents in Israel, and
the 210,000 residents make up 20 percent of the country's total
Muslim population and 31 percent of the capital city's general
Some 41,500 Muslims live in Nazareth, 37,900 in Umm el-Fahm, 34,000
in Rahat, 30,300 in Taibeh, 23,900 in Tamra, 21,300 in Sakhnin and
17,500 in Shfaram.
Forty percent of Muslims in Israel, more than 410,000 residents, live
in the north, making up 36 percent of northern Israel's total
population. More than 150,000 Muslims live in the Haifa district and
another 130,000 Muslims live in each of the central, Tel Aviv and
According to a population forecast made by the CBS, Muslims will make
up 20 percent of Israel's population by 2020. Muslims will comprise
85 percent of the total Israeli Arab population by 2020, compared
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