CBS: Israel's Jewish population up by 1.8%

January 14, 2013 20:49


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During 2011, Israel's population grew by 1.8 percent, increasing the population by some 141,500 people to a total of 7,836,600 by the end of the year, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report released Monday.

This figure comprises 5,907,500 Jews (75.4%), 1,610,900 Arabs (20.6%), and some 318,200 others (4%), the majority of whom are not identified as Jews.Some 125,500 of those people were a result of natural growth, and 16,600 from immigration.

The growth rate in the Jewish population was 1.8%, while the Arab population's growth rate was 2.4%. The growth rate in the Muslim population continued to slide; in 2011 the rate was 2.5% in contrast with the rate of 3.8% in 2000.

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