Israel’s population up tenfold since founding

Israel’s population has grown tenfold in the 68 years since its founding, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced Tuesday.

The statistics, released ahead of Israeli Independence Day, claimed that Israel has 8.522 million residents, compared to the 806,000 residents present in 1948.

The Israeli population saw a net gain of 182,000 over the past year, the CBS said, with 47,000 deaths being offset by 195,000 births and 36,000 immigrants. The bureau estimated that the population in 2035 would reach 11.3 million.

Figures showed that the Jewish population of Israel stands at 6.377 million, or 74.8 percent of the population, while the Arabic population numbers about 1.771 million, or 20.8 percent Another 374,000 people – 4.4 percent of the population – are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions, and people with no recorded religious affiliation.

Some three quarters of the population was born in Israel, with more than half being second generation. About 35 percent of the 1948 population was born locally.

Tel Aviv was the only Israeli city in 1948 to have more than 100,000 residents, while there are now 14, of which 8 have more than 200,000 residents, reported the bureau.