Israel Population Now 8.2 Million, 75% Are Jewish

Since last Independence Day Israel's population has grown by a whopping 157,000, and now totals 8,180,000.

Yaakov Levi ,

Israeli flags in Jerusalem (file)
Israeli flags in Jerusalem (file)
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Since last Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday, Israel's population has grown by 157,000, and now totals 8,180,000.

Jews account for 75% of that total, with the Jewish population standing at 6,135,000. There are 1,694,000 Arabs in Israel (Muslims and Christians), as well as 351,000 “others” - non-Arab Christians and members of other religions – constituting 4.3% of the population.

Since last Independence Day, 178,000 new babies were born in Israel, while 42,000 people died. A total of 24,000 immigrants came to the country. Currently, about 75% of the country's residents were born in Israel.

In 1948, the CBS said, there was just one city in Israel with a population greater than 100,000 – Tel Aviv. Today, 13 other cities have joined that list, with six cities – Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Jerusalem, Petach Tikvah, and Ashdod now having over 200,000 residents.