At the start of 2019, Israel’s population nears 9 million

January 2, 2019 by JNS
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With the start of 2019 approaches, Israel’s population is 28,000 away from 9 million people, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday.

Jewish worshippers pack the area in front of Jerusalem’s Western Wall for the birkat kohanim (priestly blessing) during the holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 8, 2017. Credit: Yaakov Lederman/Flash90

The count of 8,972,000 is 174,000 more people than the previous year, according to the bureau.

Of that figure, 6,668,000 (74.3 percent) are Jews, 1,878,000 are Arabs (20.9 percent), while 426,000 (4.8 percent) are defines as “other.”

The Jewish community added more than 100,000, while the Arab population added 37,000 with another 3,500 for other populations.

The bureau said 185,000 babies were born, and 28,000 new immigrants arrived—one-third from Russia, 19.6% from Ukraine, 8% %from France, a similar figure from the United States, 4.9% from Asia and 1.6% from Africa.

The number of deaths was around 45,000, with 7,000 eliminated from the population counts after being overseas for more than a year.

JNS

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