| ||On Eve of Jewish New Year, Israel’s Population Approaches 9 Million
| ||United with Israel Staff
Israel’s population has grown by 162,000 since the last Jewish New Year – a two percent growth, similar to previous years.
Some 175,000 babies were born in Israel over the course of the year, and the Jewish State can boast the highest fertility rate in the OECD, an international organization of developed nations, according to a survey by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released on Tuesday.
Israel’s population has grown by 162,000 since the last Jewish New Year, a 1.9 percent growth, which was similar to previous years; 43,000 people have died.
Israel now has a total of 8,907,000 citizens, with a vast majority (89 percent) defining their personal mood as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ and a similar percentage expecting that the coming Jewish year of 5779 will be at least as good as the previous year.
The Jewish population stands at 6,625,000 – 75 percent of the total population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.9 percent of the population, numbering approximately 1,864,000. Non-Arab Christians and other religious groups make up 4.7 percent of the population.
Some 25,000 Jews made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) over the past year.
Approximately 3.5 million made Aliyah since 1948, composing 42 percent of the total population.
According to CBS projections, Israel’s population will pass the 10 million mark in 2024, and the 15 million mark around 2048, Israel’s 100th birthday. The Jewish state’s population will reach 20 million in 2065.
In 2018, over 70 years after the Holocaust, the world’s largest Jewish population lives in Israel. This figure represents 43 percent of world Jewry.
Israel’s population is young in comparison with other Western countries. Children up to the age of 14 constitute 28 percent of the population.
These numbers were released by CBS via its traditional statistics report on the citizens of Israel in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which will be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday
This year, 52,809 couples were married; 14,819 divorced.
Israel is proud of its robust education system, which constitutes of 63 institutions of higher education with 313,000 students.