On its 72nd Independence Day, Israel’s population numbers 9,190,000

April 27, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its traditional statistics report on the citizens of Israel in honour of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, which is celebrated this year on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Celebrating the State of Israel. Credit: Im Tirtzu

Israel has 9,190,000 citizens, more than 10 times its population of 806,000 at the time of the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.

On Israel’s 100th birthday, in 2048, the CBS estimate that Israel’s population will grow to about 15.2 million citizens. According to CBS projections, Israel’s population will number 11.1 million at 2030 and 13 million at 2040.

The Jewish population stands at 6,806,000, 74 per cent of the entire population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 21 per cent of the total population, numbering approximately 1,930,000. Non-Arab Christians and other religious groups constitute about 5 per cent of the population.

Since last year’s Independence Day, Israel’s population grew by 171,000, constituting a 1.9 per cent growth, including 180,000 newborn babies; 44,000 people have died.

Israel welcomed 32,000 new immigrants. Some 3.3 million people have made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) since 1948, making up 43 per cent of the total population.

About 78 per cent of Israel’s population is Israeli-born, known as “sabras.” In 1948, only 35 per cent were Sabras.

50,000 Israelis are older than 90.

At the time of the establishment of the State of Israel, only one city had more than 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Today, 14 cities have over 100,000 residents; eight of them have more than 200,000. They are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Haifa, Rishon Letzion, Petah Tikvah, Ashdod, Netanya, and Beer Sheva.

Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is the most populated city, with some 883,000 residents – almost 10 per cent of the population.

In 1949, Israel had merely 500 cities and towns. Today, it has over 1,200.

In 2019, over 70 years after the Holocaust, the largest Jewish population lives in Israel. This figure represents 45 per cent of world Jewry.

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