The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) today published a compendium of statistical data on weddings and marriages in the State of Israel on the eve of Tu B'Av, the Jewish holiday associated with matchmaking, which begins tonight.
In 2015, 53,579 couples were married in the State of Israel, with 73% of them Jewish.
The rate of marriage in the State of Israel in 2015 was 6.4 per 1,000 in the entire population (6.2 among Jews).The CBS notes that this rate is one of the highest in OECD countries.
The average age of marriage among all grooms married for the first time was 27.6 (28 among Jewish grooms).The average age of marriage among brides who married for the first time was 25.2 (26.1 among Jewish brides).
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A phenomenon that the CBS focuses on is the rise in the age of marriage among the Jewish population.
The percentage of unmarried Jewish men aged 25-29 rose from 28% at the end of 1970 to 62% at the end of 2015. The percentage of unmarried Jewish women aged 25-29 rose in the same period from 13% to 46%.
At the same time, as a result of the decline in the number of marriages among the Jewish population, the percentage of single Jewish men aged 45-49 in the Jewish population rose from 3% at the end of 1970 to 12% at the end of 2015. The percentage of unmarried Jewish women aged 45-49 increased in the corresponding period from 2%-9%.