Israel population passes 7.8 million mark (JERUSALEM POST) By RUTH EGLASH 04/24/12)
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On the eve of its 64th Independence Day, Israelís population has
surpassed 7.8 million, a growth of 1.8% or an additional 137,000 new
citizens since this time last year, according to figures released
Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
Published ahead of Yom Hatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), which
begins Wednesday evening, Israelís Jewish population makes up some
75.3 percent of the total population or 5,931,000 people, while the
Arab population has reached 1,623,000 (20.6%) and those not
identified with either group making up 4.1% of its citizens or
Since Independence Day last year, 161,000 babies were born in the
State of Israel while some 39,000 people passed away. Close to 19,500
new immigrants arrived in the Jewish country over the past year,
while up to 8000 people left the country due to natural migration.
Other statistics published by the CBS for Independence Day show that
in its 64th year, the majority of the Jewish population -- 70% --
is ďSabrasĒ or Israeli-born citizens and most are the second
generation in Israel. This is compared to 1948, during Israelís first
year, when only 35% of the Israelis were born in the country.
In addition, the data shows that while in 1948 only one city, Tel
Aviv, boasted 100,000 residents, in 2012 some 14 cities hold that
many people and six cities -- Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon
Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva -- have more than 200,000 residents.
According to a CBS report released on the Jewish New Year last
September, Israel is still a fairly young nation with nearly 28% of
its population under the age of 14, compared to 17% in most other
Western countries. Only 10% of the population is over the age of 65
in Israel, whereas in other Western countries the average is closer
Regarding the growth of Jewish families in Israel, CBS figures show
that the average Jewish family size has increased in recent years
from 2.8 children per household in 2008 to 2.97 in 2010. In the
Muslim community, the average number of children per mother was 3.75
last year, a fall from the previous two years where it had previously
reached 3.97 children per household. Among Christian families the
average number of children was down to 2.11 in 2008.
Women in the State of Israel continue to slightly outweighing the
number of men, especially in the more advanced years of life.
According to the data, there are roughly 979 men for every 1000
women, however in the under 37 set there are more men but it is the
imbalance in the over 75 age group that offsets this with some 673
men for every 1000 women. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/24/12)
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