Israel's population hits 7.7 million on 63rd birthday

In time for its 63rd Independence Day, statistics show that Israel's population has grown 2 percent since last year; 75 percent are Jews.

By
May 8, 2011 17:30
2 minute read.
Some use their mobiles to locate best latté locale

People sitting in cafe 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

On the eve of its 63rd Independence Day, the state’s population has surpassed 7.7 million, a growth of 2 percent since this time last year, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The figures, published on Sunday, show an increase of 155,000 citizens.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
China 2010 census puts population at 1.3 billion
Yom Ha'atzmaut 2011: Events around Tel Aviv


Jews makes up some 75.3% of the population, or 5,837,000 people, while the Arab population has reached 1,587,000 (20.5%).

Non-Arabs and non-Jews make up 4.2% of citizens, or 322,000 people.

Since Independence Day last year, 178,000 babies were born, while some 43,000 people died. Close to 24,500 immigrants arrived, of those 6,500 were ex-pat Israelis returning home.

The CBS also reported that some 12,000 people left Israel for a variety of reasons.



In the state’s 63rd year, 70% of the population are Israeli-born citizens and most within this group are second generation.

Click for special Jpost 
features

This is in stark contrast with 1948, when only 35% of citizens were native-born.

The data also shows that while in 1948, only Tel Aviv boasted 100,000 residents, today 14 cities hold that distinction.

Six cities have more than 200,000 residents – Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva.

According to a CBS report released last Rosh Hashana, Israel is still a fairly young nation with nearly 28% of its population under the age of 14, compared to 17% in Western countries on average.

Only 10% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, while in other Western countries the average is closer to 15%.

Recent data also show that the average Jewish family size has increased from 2.8 children per household in 2008 to 2.96 in 2009.

Among Muslims, the average number of children was 3.84 last year, a fall from two years ago when it reached 3.97 children per household.

Among Christians, the average number of children was down to 2.11 in 2008.

Women continue to slightly outnumber men, especially among older people.

There are roughly 979 men for every 1,000 women, however in the 75 and over group, there are 673 men for every 1,000 women.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD