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Israel notes its 72nd birthday; Population reaches 9.2 million

Israeli youth pictured here are shown with Israeli flags in solidarity with residents of the country’s south on May 6, 2019. They celebrated 71 years since the recapture of the northern city of Tzfat, Photo courtesy of David Cohen/Flash90.

(JNS) – As Israel celebrates its 72nd birthday at press time,  the country’s population stands at nearly 9.2 million, according to data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday, April 26.

Israel grew by 171,000 people since last year’s Independence Day, according to the CBS, with analysts predicting that Israel will be home to 15.2 million people by its 100th birthday in 2048. In the past year, 180,000 babies were born, 44,000 people died and 32,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel.

Israel’s population was described as “young,” with 28 percent aged 0-14 and 36.1 percent under the age of 19. More than 10 percent oThe average number of children aged 0-14 years in other OECD countries is just 18 percent.

Israel’s 6.806 million Jews comprise 74 percent of the population, with Arabs making up 21 percent. An additional 5 percent are largely comprised of non-Arab Christians.

Today, 78 percent of Israelis are native-born sabras; however, 3.3 million people have immigrated to Israel since 1948, with 44 percent of them arriving in the past 30 years.

In 2020, the five most populated cities were Jerusalem (936,047), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Letzion (254,238) and Petach Tikvah (248,005).

Just 10 years ago, in 2010 on the eve of the country’s 62nd Independence Day, the CBS reported that Israel was home to 7.6 million people. Of those, 75.5 percent were Jewish, with more than 70 percent native-born Israelis. In that year, 159,000 children were born and 16,000 new immigrants welcomed to the country.

On the eve of Independence in May 1948, Israel’s Jewish population stood at 806,000. At that time, only Tel Aviv was home to more than 100,000 residents. Today, Israel has 14 cities with 100,000-plus residents and eight cities with 200,000-plus residents.

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