The Central Bureau of Statistics, in its traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut statistical report about the citizens of Israel, stated that Israel now has 8,018,000 residents, almost ten times more the 806,000 citizens it had back ion 1948, when it was established.
The Jewish population stands at 6,042,000, or roughly 75.3% of the entire population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.7% of its total population, or 1,658,000. About 4% are listed as “others.”
Since the last Independence day, Israel’s population has grown by 137,000, including 163,000 newborn babies and 19,500 new immigrants.
41,000 have passed away.
These numbers constitute a 1.8% growth in Israel’s population.
At the conclusion of 2011, 70% of the population were “Tsabarim,” Israeli born, as opposed to only 35% in 1948.
In 1948, only one city had more than 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Today, 14 cities have more than 100,000 residents; six of them with more than 200,000: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Haifa, Rishon Letzion, Ashdod and Petach Tikvah.
About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.
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