20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel’s population almost 9 million on 70th anniversary E-mail

As the State of Israel marked its Independence Day 2018 in April, the Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel announced that the population of Israel numbered 8,842,000 – more than ten times the population at the establishment of the state in 1948 (806,000).

Currently, the population is comprised of Jewish and “other” people (79.09%) and Arabs (20.9%). About 75% of the Jewish population is comprised of native-born Israelis, and more than half are at least secondgeneration Israelis.

Since the establishment of the state, over 3.2 million immigrants have arrived in Israel. As a result, the number of Jews in Israel as a percentage of total Jewish population in the world grew from 6% on the country’s first anniversary to 44% on the eve of the 70th.

In 1948, only Tel AvivJaffa had more than 100,000 residents. Today, 14 cities in Israel have a population of over 100,000, and six others have over 200,000 residents: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva.

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