As Israel prepares to celebrate its 72nd birthday in just a few days, the country’s population stands at nearly 9.2 million, according to data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday.
Israel grew by 171,000 people since last year’s Independence Day, according to the CBS, with analysts predicting that Israel will be home to 15.2 million people by its 100th birthday in 2048. Over the past year, 180,000 babies were born, 44,000 people died and 32,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel.
Israel’s population was described as “young,” with 28 percent aged 0-14 and 36.1 percent under the age of 19. Over 10 percent of Israel’s population—nearly 950,000 people—are under the age of four, while 0.6 percent are over the age of 90—approximately 55,200 people. The average number of children aged 0 -14 years in other OECD countries is just 18 percent.
Israel’s 6.806 million Jews comprise 74 percent of the population, with Arabs making up 21 percent. An additional 5 percent are largely comprised of non-Arab Christians.
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Today, 78 percent of Israelis are native-born, however, 3.3 million people have immigrated to Israel since 1948, with 44 percent of them arriving in the past 30 years.
In 2020, the five most populated cities were Jerusalem (936,047), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Letzion (254,238) and Petah Tikva (248,005).
Just 10 years ago, in 2010 on the eve of the country’s 62nd Independence Day, the CBS reported that Israel was home to 7.6 million people. Of those, 75.5 percent were Jewish, with over 70 percent native-born Israelis. In that year, 159,000 children were born and 16,000 new immigrants welcomed to the country.
On the eve of Independence in May 1948, Israel’s Jewish population stood at 806,000. At that time, only Tel Aviv was home to more than 100,000 residents. Today, Israel has 14 cities with over 100,000 residents and eight cities with over 200,000 residents.
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