Don't miss the inspiring speeches at The Jerusalem Post Conference
Population nears 8 million ahead of Rosh Hashana
By
September 12, 2012 12:48
CBS statistics mark Israel's population at 7,933,200, of which 75.36% are Jewish, 20.62% are Arab and 4% are "other."
Haredi family

Haredi family 311. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)

Israel's population approached the eight million mark nearing Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Israel's population stands at 7,933,200, of which 5,978,600 (75.36%) are Jewish, 1,636,600 (20.62%) are Arabs- including Beduins and Druse, and approximately 318,000 (4%) are "other" - including non-Jews who have one Jewish grandparent and non-Arab Christians.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Israel's various population sectors continued to grow at vastly different rates in 2011; the Jewish population grew 1.8% while the Arab population grew at 2.4%. The Jewish growth rate remained largely steady in relation to recent years, while the Arab growth rate, still markedly higher than that of the Jewish population, continued a trend of rapid decline since 1996-2000 when the population was growing at a rate of 3.4%.

Israel remains young relative to other Western countries, boasting a far higher number of children (aged 0-14) per capita at 28.2% than the OECD average (18.5%.) However, the median age is aging, albeit slowly, with the number of people aged 75 and above reaching 4.8% from 3.8% in the early 1990s.

In terms of geographic distribution, the bulk of Israel's population continues to reside in the country's Center (40%,) including 48.7% of the country's Jewish population. The trend, however, is decreasing slightly as the population is slowly drifting towards the country's periphery. The Arab population remains heavily concentrated in northern Israel, where 60% of Arabs reside, primarily in the Galilee and Haifa areas.

Efforts to promote aliya to Israel continued to reap rewards, as the country welcomed 16,892 new immigrants in 2011, approximately 1.5% more than in the 2010. Most of the migrants were from Russia (3,678,) Ethiopia (2,666,) the US (2,363,) Ukraine (2,051) and France (1,775.)
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • jewish
  • oecd
  • rosh hashana
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Riot
    August 31, 2014
    Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

    By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 11 - 24
      Beer Sheva
      12 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 11 - 19
      Jerusalem
      11 - 20
      Haifa
    • 17 - 30
      Elat
      13 - 24
      Tiberias