Israel’s Population Grows to 9.3 Million

The growth of Israel’s population since 1948 is shocking, and it didn’t slow down during the Corona crisis

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Independence Day
Population boom
Photo: Yossi Aloni/Flash90

On the 73rd anniversary of the State of Israel, the population of the Jewish state is 9,327,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported.

Approximately 6.9 million Jews make up 73.9 percent of the population. The 1.96 million Arabs make up just over a fifth of the population. Other groups account for 5 percent, and number about 467,000.

Some 78 percent of Israeli Jews are “sabras,” or Jews born in the Land.

167,000 children have been born since the last Independence Day. This is contrasted by 50,000 deaths.

16,300 new immigrants arrived over the past year. Overall, the population increased by around 137,000, which corresponds to an increase of 1.5 percent.

In 1948, Israel had 806,000 citizens. Since then, 3.3 million have immigrated, around 44.7 percent of them since 1990.

Israel is young: 28.1 percent are under the age of 14, and just 12 percent are 65 and older.

In 1948, there were 11.5 million Jews worldwide. Of these, only six percent lived in Israel. At the end of 2019, 46 percent of all Jews worldwide lived in the Jewish state.

The Central Bureau of Statistics forecasts that in the year 2048, when Israel will mark its 100th Independence Day, it will have a population of 15.2 million.

In 2020, these were the five largest cities in terms of population: Jerusalem (936,047), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Lezion (254,238), Petah Tikva (248,005).

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