The Samaritans Demographic Statistics

The Samaritan community numbered 155 people in 1908, dwindled to 146 in 1917, and now- January 1, 2015 -lists 775 persons.

 The Samaritans community numbered 654 persons on January 1st, 2003 which divided into eight Patriarchal Houses, of which four are derived from one large Parent House, the Danafis, originally from Damascus, and two more Patriarchal houses belonging to the Marchiv House whose origins are in Gaza and Sarafend [Tzrifin] on the Tel-Aviv- Ramleh road. The largest among these is the Priestly House, numbering 186 people [137 in Kiryat Luza and the remainder 49 in Holon] = 28.44%. Next comes the Tsedaka Hatsafari House-139 people [11 in Kiryat Luza and 128 in Holon] = 21.25%. The Altif Hadanfi House is third, numbering 133 persons [ 118 in Kiryat Luza and 15 in Holon] = 20.34%. The Marchiv Marchivi House is fourth- 77 persons [23 in Kiryat Luza and 54 in Holon] = 11.77%. Sassoni-Sirrawi Danfi House is fifth- 77 persons [19 in Kiryat Luza, 58 in Holon] = 11.77%. Yehoshua Marchivi House is sixth, – 40 people [all in Holon] = 6.12%. Meshallema Danfi House- 1 person [Holon] – 0.15%. Shalabi Danfi House- 1 person [Holon]- 0.15%. The Danfi Houses joined together number 212 = 32.42%. Next the Priestly House, 186 = 28.44%. Tsedaka Hatsafari House -139 = 21.25%. The two Marchiv Houses – 117 = 17.89%.

In 2002-1973 103 persons passed away [59 males and 44 females]. There are 5 widowers and 32 widows at present in the community, a result of the wide marriage age gap between men and women. With respect of life expectancy, however, we were surprised to find that the average life span of men in the past thirty years was 71 years and 4 months whereas that of the women was only 70 years. The life expectancy calculation did not include death by accident.

In 2004 – 2010, 34 persons passed a way ( 15 males and  19 females].   98 children were born [ 55 males, 43 females]. 7 females has joined the community as a result of marriage to a member of the community. 32 couples were married during these years. At the end of 2010 the community numbered  747 persons.

In 2011 -2014 ,  20 persons passed a way ( 9 males and  11 females].  41  children were born [ 17  males, 24  females]. 7 females has joined the community as a result of marriage to a member of the community. 25  couples were married during these years. At the end of 2014 the community numbered  775 persons.