Israel’s population has reached 8 million – an increase of 1.8 percent or some
137,000 people – since last year, according to a report the Central Bureau of
Statistics released on Sunday.
The report, which comes out annually on
the eve of Independence Day, also pointed out that at the time of the
establishment of the state, the population was 806,000.
According to the
data, 75.3% of the population – about 6 million people – is Jewish, while the
country’s Arab residents – some 1.6 million people – represent 20.7% of the
The remaining 4% – 318,000 people – are non-Arab Christians,
individuals with other religions and those with no religious
Between last year’s Independence Day and Sunday, some
163,000 babies were born in Israel and about 41,000 people died. About 19,500
people made aliya.
At the end of the year 2011, more than 70% of the
Jewish population in Israel was composed of native Israelis, more than half of
whom were at least second generation natives, compared to 35% back in 1948, the
CBS figures showed.
In 1948, Tel Aviv was the only city in Israel with
more than 100,000 inhabitants. Today, there are 14 such cities. Out of the 14,
six have over 200,000 residents: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Lezion,
Ashdod and Petah Tikva.