Israel Sees Growth as Population Passes 8 Million Mark
by Aryeh Savir / Tazpit News Agency
The Central Bureau of Statistics, in its traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut statistical report about the citizens of Israel, stated that Israel now has 8.018 million residents, almost ten times more than the 806,000 citizens at its establishment.
The Jewish population stands at 6.042 million (75.3% of the entire population). Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.7% of its total population, some 1.658 million citizens. 4.0% are listed as “others.”
Since the last Independence Day, Israel’s population has grown by 137,000, including 163,000 newborn babies and 19,500 new immigrants. 41,000 have passed away. This constitutes a 1.8% growth in Israel’s population.
At the conclusion of 2011 70% of the population were “Tsabarim,” Israeli born, as opposed to only 35% in 1948.
In 1948, only one city had over 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Today, 14 cities have over 100,000 residents; six of them have over 200,000 residents – Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Haifa, Rishon Letzion, Ashdod and Petah Tikvah.