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The Arab Population in Israel
Last Modified at:09-Mar-2010
The Arab Population in Israel The Central Bureau of Statistics publishes new figures and statistical information regarding the Arab population in Israel in 2008.

At the end of 2008 the Arab population in Israel numbered 1.488 million people – 20% of the total population. By 2030 it is expected to number 2.362 million (24%). This, according to the new report by the Central Bureau of Statistics is mainly due to a relatively high fertility. An Arab family has 4.8 persons on average, compared with 3.5 in a Jewish family. Also, the Arab population is very young, and its median age is 20, compared to a median age of 31 of the Jewish population in Israel.

In 2008 life expectancy of Arab men was 75.9, and of Arab women – 79.7. In the last two decades the difference between life expectancy of Arabs and Jews increased. The median number of years of schooling of the Arab population increased from less than 9 in the late 1980s to 12 in 2008. In addition, the gender gap in educational attainment has overturned – among younger persons women are more educated than men.

The new report also looks into labor force figures, standards of living and geographical distribution and provides a comprehensive review of the Arab population and its way of life in Israel.

 The Arab Population in Israel 2008 (PDF)
 The Central Bureau of Statistics
 Authority for the Economic Development of the  Arab, Druze and Circassian Sectors

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