Israeli men and women in their mid- to late twenties are in no hurry to tie the knot, according to data released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday ahead of Tu B’Av, a holiday known as the “Jewish Day of Love,” which this year will fall on Friday.
Since 1970, the average age for an Israeli male to get married has risen by two and a half years to 27.6 years old, up from 25; for women, the jump has been 3.3 years, to 25 years old.
In 2014, according to the CBS, some 65 percent of Jewish Israeli men aged 25 to 29 were single — compared to 28% in 1970. And while 13% of Jewish Israeli women in that same age group were unmarried in 1970, by 2014, that figure jumped to 50%.
The numbers are starker in the “nonstop” city of Tel Aviv, where 83% of men aged 25-29 were single, as were 70% of women of the same ages.
Among Israeli men and women from the Muslim community, the rise in average age for marriage has been less significant. While in 1970, the average age a Muslim Israeli man got married was 24.5, by 2014 it was 26.4. The average Muslim Israeli woman in 2014 got married by 22.2 years of age, compared to 20.1 in 1970.
According to CBS, in 2014, 50,797 Israeli couples tied the knot through their respective religious institutions, among them 36,900 Jewish couples, 11,878 Muslim couples, 1,078 Druze couples and 860 Christian couples.
Israel has an overall marriage rate of 6.2 per 1,000 people, one of the highest among OECD members.