Israeli and international youth in Jerusalem. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90) Yossi Zeliger/Flash90
Israeli and international youth in Jerusalem. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

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On its 71st Independence Day, the Jewish state’s population was more than 10 times its size when it became a nation in 1948.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its traditional statistics report on the citizens of Israel in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, which was celebrated this year on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Israel has 9,021,000 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 million citizens. According to CBS projections, Israel’s population will surpass 10 million sometime between 2025 and 2030.

The Jewish population stands at 6,697,000 million, 75 percent of the entire population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.9 percent of the total population, numbering approximately 1,890,000. Non-Arab Christians and other religious groups constitute 4.8 percent of the population.

Since last year’s Independence Day, Israel’s population grew by 177,000, constituting a 2 percent growth, including 188,000 newborn babies; 47,000 people have died.

Israel welcomed 31,000 new immigrants. Some 3.2 million people have made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) since 1948, making up 43 percent of the total population.

About 75 percent of Israel’s population is Israeli-born, known as “sabras.” In 1948, only 35 percent were sabras.

About 48,000 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 populous city, with some 883,000 residents – almost 10 percent of the population.

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

Israel has 68 institutions of higher education.

In 2019, over 70 years after the Holocaust, the largest Jewish population in the world lives in Israel. This figure represents 43 percent of world Jewry.

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