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September 4, 2018 11:02 am

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Data: Israel’s Population Nears 9 Million, 89% Satisfied With Life

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Israelis enjoy a night out at a bar in Tel Aviv. Photo: Ted Eytan via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its annual pre-Rosh Hashanah report on Tuesday, which revealed that 89% of the country’s residents said they were satisfied with their lives.

According to Channel Two, the bureau’s numbers showed that 8.907 million people lived in Israel, 6.625 million of them Jews, comprising 74.4% of the population. The Arab sector totals 1.864 million people, or 20.9% of the population, while 488,000 Israelis were listed as “other.”

The data found that among Israelis age 20 and above, the religious breakdown was 44.3% non-religious or secular, 33.7% traditional, 11.5 percent religious, and 10.2% ultra-Orthodox.

Life expectancy stood at 84.6 years for women and 80.7 for men.

The data also indicated that Israeli women were better educated than men, with women making up 59.4% of university students. Interestingly, this gap was even larger in the Arab population, where only 30.1% of university students were men.

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