Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
People watch fireworks during a show to mark Israel's 71st Independence Day in Jerusalem on May 8, 2019.

Seventy-one years after its rebirth, the State of Israel has become home to more than nine million people – 9,021,000 Israeli citizens, in fact.

The Central Bureau of Statistics reports there are 6.697 million Jewish citizens in Israel, 1.890 million Arab citizens and 434,000 citizens who are defined as “others.”

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At least 4.4 million visitors have arrived over the past year to enjoy the beauty and history that make this country the joyous place it has come to be for so many. On that point – 88.9 percent of Israelis are satisfied with life in the country.

The average monthly household income (two partners working) was NIS 16,518 (approx. $4,600) in 2017. The average wage per employee was NIS 19, 473 (approx. $2,900.)

Three million olim (immigrants) have come to live and participate in building our homeland, 43 percent of them having arrived after 1990. Since last year’s Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Independence Day), the Israeli population has grown by 177,000 people, an increase of two percent; 188,000 babies were born over the past 12 months, 47,000 people passed away and 31,000 new immigrants arrived.

At present, 75 percent of the population is comprised of native-born Israelis, 48,000 Israelis are age 90 and over, and Israeli men can expect to live an average of 80.7 years. Israeli women can expect to live an average of 84.6 years.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.