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Israeli Population Tops Eight Million Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

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The Tower of David in Jerusalem. Photo: Anav Silverman/Tazpit News Agency.

JNS.orgAhead of Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority on Monday issued its annual report containing the most recent population data for the Jewish state.

According to the report, the population of Israel currently stands at 8,081,000 people. In 1948, when Israel was established, the population was 806,000. Since then, the population of Israel has increased tenfold. The Jewish population of the state has increased ninefold since the establishment of Israel.

Some 160,749 babies were born in the passing year, with the most popular names for them being Itay, Daniel, Uri, Yosef and Noam for boys, and Noa, Shira, Tamar, Talia and Yael for girls.

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The report further indicated that 127,052 Israelis got married in the passing year, while 29,616—about 15,000 couples—divorced.

During the course of the past year, Israel welcomed 17,484 new immigrants.

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