Baby Boom Hits Israel With Record Number in 2011
Israel’s population stood 7,881,000 people for Independence Day this year, according to statistics published by the Central Bureau of Statistics April 24. That is 9.77 times the size of the country’s population on Israel’s first birthday in 1948, when it was home to 806,000 people.
There are 5,931,000 Jews living in Israel today, accounting for 75.3 percent of the overall population, and 1,623,000 Arabs living in the country, which is 20.6 percent of the overall population. New immigrants and their offspring who are not registered by the Interior Ministry as Jews include 327,000 people, which is 4.1% of the general population.
Since Independence Day last year, 161,000 babies have been born, an all-time record for the country.