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CBS: Israel home to 8 Million citizens
Central Bureau of Statistics says 6,015,000 of Israelis are Jewish; population grew by 1.8% over past year

A new survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics, published Sunday, says that as 2012 draws to an end Israel's population numbers 7,981,000 people.


According to the CBS, 6,015,000 (75.4%) of Israelis are Jews, 1,648,000 are Arabs and 319,000 are affiliated with other various religions and ethnic groups. 


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In the course of 2012, the population of Israel increased by 145,000 people, or  1.8%, similar to the increase in the last decade.


Some 170,000 babies were born in 2012, in addition to the arrival of 16,500 new immigrants. The survey did not specify how many Israelis died or emigrated from Israel.


The survey also found that the population has increased by 1,350,000 in the last decade.


In 1992 Israel was home to 5,195,900 Israelis, while 40 years ago is was home to 3,225,000 people.


In 1962 there were 2,331,800 people living in Israel and in 1952 it was home to 1,629,500 people.



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