Israel’s population stands at over 9.3 million on Rosh Hashanah eve

Illustrative: Newborn babies in a Jerusalem hospital. (Flash90)
Illustrative: Newborn babies in a Jerusalem hospital. (Flash90)

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports Israel’s population passed 9.3 million this year, growing by 146,000 people from the year before, a rise of 1.6 percent.

The population comprises more than 6.9 million Jews, or 74 percent; over 1.9 million Arabs, who account for 21%; and another 466,000 people of other ethnic groups, 5% of the population.

In the past year, 172,000 babies were born and around 22,000 people moved to Israel, including 20,000 new immigrants.

The past year saw 48,000 deaths, including around 5,800 from the coronavirus in the 11.5 months since last Rosh Hashanah.

Life expectancy for Israeli men is 80.7 years and for women 84.8 years.

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