Ahead of its 76th Independence Day, Israel’s population stands at 9.9 million

A fighter jet flies over the beach in Tel Aviv during Israel's 75th Independence Day celebrations, April 26, 2023. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)
A fighter jet flies over the beach in Tel Aviv during Israel's 75th Independence Day celebrations, April 26, 2023. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)

Days ahead of its 76th Independence Day, Israel’s population stands at 9.9 million people, some 189,000 (1.9%) more than last year, according to a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The CBS estimates that the population will hit the 10-million mark by the end of 2024.

The report says 7.247 million, or 73.2%, are Jews, 2.089 million (21.1%) are Arabs and the remaining 564,000 (5.7%) are categorized as “other.” Some 80% of Jewish Israelis are “sabras” — meaning they were born in Israel

Over the past year, about 196,000 babies have been born in the country, 37,000 people immigrated to it, and some 60,000 people have died, the report says, adding that additional factors affecting the population number are family unifications and Israelis staying abroad for over a year.

The report says 28% of Israelis are aged 0-14, while 12% are 65 and over.

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