Integrated census reveals Israeli habits

Personal computers are found in 71.1 percent of Israeli households and 90.8% of those homes have an Internet connection. Some 61.8% of households own at least one car and 18.8% have two or more. The average Israeli has 2.1 mobile …

Personal computers are found in 71.1 percent of Israeli households and 90.8% of those homes have an Internet connection. Some 61.8% of households own at least one car and 18.8% have two or more. The average Israeli has 2.1 mobile phones.

All the above and more were revealed in the first Israeli census to employ an integrated method that combines data from administrative sources and sample data from field surveys.

Vast amounts of information from all fields of Israeli life were compiled and last week the Central Bureau of Statistics released an initial report based on the national population census concluded in June 2009. The following is a further sampling of the data that was gathered.

Israel is home to 7,409,000 people. The population is 75.6% Jewish, 16.9% Muslim, 2% Christian, 1.7% Druse and 3.8% are defined as belonging to other religions.

The largest age group is in the zero-to-four-year range, making up roughly 10% of the population. The smallest age group is those 85 and above, who make up 1% of the males and 1.5% of the females.

At the time of the census, 10.3% of the population had fewer than eight years of formal schooling, 47.4% had between nine and 12 years of school, 21% had between 13 and 15 years and 20.8% had over 16.

According to the census, 65.4% of males and 54.8% of females participate in the civilian labor force; 86.2% of the working public is employees and 12.7% own their own businesses.

Homeowners account for 65.8% of the population, 26.4% rent and 7.8% have other arrangements.

Of the six cities with more than 200,000 residents, Jerusalem has the youngest population. In 2008, 44% of the city’s population was under 19 years of age.

The city with the highest percentage of university graduates was Tel Aviv-Jaffa with 37%.