Ahead of 74th Independence Day, Israeli population hits 9.5 million, thanks to 1.9% bump since last year

Ahead of Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics issues updated figures on Israel’s population.

The number now stands at 9,506,000: 73.9% Jews, 21.1% Arab and 5% other.

The population has risen by 176,000, or 1.9% since last Independence Day. During the past year, some 191,000 babies were born, 38,000 people immigrated to Israel and 55,000 people passed away.

Israel’s population was 806,000 when the country was established in 1948. At the time, 82.1% were Jews and 17.9% were Arabs.

Since the establishment of the state, 3.3 million Jews have immigrated to Israel — 44.7% of whom did so from 1990 onward.

In 2030, Israel’s population is slated to stand at 11.1 million people, according to the CBS. In 2040, the number will climb to 13.2 million and in 2048, the number will be 15.2 million.

At the end of 2020, roughly 45% of world Jews were living in Israel. Roughly 79% of Israeli Jews were born in Israel.

Roughly 28% of Israel’s current population is under the age of 15 and 12% is aged 65 and older.

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