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April 28, 2017 3:51 pm

At 69, Israel’s Population Stands at 8.68 Million

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Israelis gather on the Tel Aviv beach promenade for an Independence Day fly over. Photo: Deror Avi via Wikimedia Commons. – Israel has approximately 8.68 million residents, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday, ahead of the country’s 69th Independence Day next week.

The number includes 6.48 million Jewish residents, accounting for 74.7 percent of the population, and 1.81 million Arab residents, comprising 20.8 percent.

Permanent residents who, according to the Interior Ministry’s Population Registry, are neither Jewish nor Arab — including most non-Jewish immigrants, many of whom are non-Arab Christians or have no religious affiliation — make up 4.5 percent of the Israeli population.

The current population is more than 10 times what it was at Israel’s founding in 1948, and the country is on track to reach more than 15.2 million residents by 2048, according to the report. The population has increased by about 2 percent — or some 159,000 residents — since Independence Day 2016.

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The past year saw the birth of 174,000 babies and the arrival of some 30,000 new immigrants, while about 44,000 Israeli residents died.

Almost 35 percent of Israel’s residents are under age 18, while about 54 percent are ages 19-64. Slightly more than 11 percent of Israelis are 65 and older.

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