Israel at 61: Population stands at 7.4 million, 75.5% Jewish


yerushalayimIsrael’s population on the eve of its 61st Independence Day numbers 7,411,000, according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics this afternoon. Last year, the population was 7,282,000, and when Israel was established, it was just 806,000.

About 75.5 percent, or 5,593,000, of Israel’s residents are Jews, 1,498,000 are Arabs (20.2%), while “Others” – immigrants and their offspring who are not registered as Jews by the Interior Ministry – number 320,000 (4.3%).

Since Independence Day last year, there have been approximately 154,000 babies born, and more than 12,000 immigrants have arrived. In total, Israel’s population grew during this period by approximately 125,000 – a growth of 1.8%.

70% of the total Jewish population are native Israelis, or ‘Sabras,’ and at least half of them are second generation Israelis – compared with a native Israeli population of 35% in 1948.

In 1948, there was only one city in Israel with more than 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yaffo (248,000). Today, 14 cities number more than 100,000 residents, of which five number more than 200,000 residents: Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Chaifa, Rishon Letzion and Ashdod.

{Yair Israel/JPost}