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Israeli population comprises 7.145 million Jews, and has grown at a rate of 2.3% since last year.

By Ben Rappaport, United with Israel

Ahead of Israel’s 75th Independence Day, Israel’s population numbers 9.727 million people, according the Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

According to the annual CBS population report for Independence Day 2023, the Israeli population comprises 7.145 million Jews (73.5% of the population), 2.048 Arabs (21.0%), and 534 thousand others (5.5%).

Since last Independence Day, Israel’s population has grown by 216 thousand people – at a rate of 2.3%. Since then, about 183 thousand babies have been born, about 79 thousand new immigrants have arrived in the country, and some 51 thousand people have died.

CBS noted that Israel’s population today is 12 times as big as it was at the founding of the state – just 806 thousand people.

Since the founding of the state, over 3.3 million have immigrated to Israel. Some 1.5 million (43.7%) of these have arrived since 1990.

According to the report, by 2030 Israel is expected to have a population of 11.1 million people, by 2040 – 13.2 million people, and by Israel’s 100th Independence Day (2048) – 15.2 million people.

The data indicated that by the end of 2021, some 46% of the world’s Jewish population lives in Israel. Some 79% of Jews in Israel are native-born.

CBS also noted that Israel’s population is relatively young, with children ages 0-14 comprising some 28% of the population, and adults ages 65 and over comprising only 12%.

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