Two days before the eve of Israel’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary, the population of the Jewish state stands at 9,327,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced Monday.
That includes nearly 6.9 million Jews, accounting for 73.9 percent of the population; 1.96 million Arabs, just over one-fifth of the population; and 467,000 people of other groups, amounting to 5% of the population.
About 78% of Israel’s Jews are native-born.
Since last year’s Independence Day, 167,000 babies were born, 50,000 people died, and 16,300 immigrated to the country, according to the CBS.
Overall, the population increased by some 137,000 people, amounting to a 1.5% increase.
In 1948, when the Jewish state was established, the population of Israel numbered 806,000 people.
Since then, 3.3 million have immigrated to Israel, about 44.7% of them arriving since 1990.
Israel’s population is also young, the CBS said — 28.1% of the population is aged 0-14, and only 12% is aged 65 and over.
In 1948 only six percent of a global Jewish population of 11.5 million lived in Israel. By the end of 2019, 46% of the world’s total Jewish population lived in the Jewish state.
By 2048, when Israel turns 100, the CBS predicted a population of 15.2 million.
In 2020, the five biggest cities by population were Jerusalem (936,047), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (461,352), Haifa (285,542), Rishon Lezion (254,238) and Petah Tikva (248,005).