Israel's population at nearly 9.5 million as it enters 2022

About 25,000 new immigrants (olim) arrived in Israel in 2021, 5,000 more than last year.

 Thousands of Israelis walk on the beach boardwalk in Tel Aviv on Israel's 73d Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
Thousands of Israelis walk on the beach boardwalk in Tel Aviv on Israel's 73d Independence Day, April 15, 2021.
(photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)

Israel’s population grew by 160,000 (a growth of 1.7%) in 2021, reaching 9,450,000 people as it enters 2022, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Thursday.

As of the end of 2021, 6.98 million (73.9%) of Israel’s residents were Jewish, about two million were Arab, and 472,000 were from other sectors, including non-Arab Christians and residents not classified by religion in the population registry.

Most of the population growth in the country this year was natural (83%), while the rest (17%) came from immigration.

About 25,000 olim arrived in 2021, 5,000 more than last year, with 30% of the new immigrants coming from Russia, 14.6% from France, 13.9% from the US, and 12.4% from Ukraine. An additional 9,000 migrants entered the country as well this year.

There were 22,700 immigrants arriving in Israel from January to November, a 28.8% rise compared with the same period last year.

New children olim from France departing the airplane in Israel (credit: NOGA MALSA)New children olim from France departing the airplane in Israel (credit: NOGA MALSA)

Approximately 184,000 babies were born in Israel in 2021 – 73.8% to Jewish mothers, 23.4% to Muslim mothers, and 2.8% to other mothers from other sectors; 51,000 Israelis died this year; and 7,500 Israelis had moved out of the country for more than a year as of December 30.

The number of deaths this year was higher than previous years, and even higher than 2020, when 47,788 Israelis died amid the COVID-19 outbreak.