Israel’s population has reached 9,327,000 million, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday in its annual report, published ahead of the country’s 73rd Independence Day.
According to the report, some 74% of the population (6,894,000) are Jews, about 21% of the population (1,966,000) are Arabs, while 5% of the population (467,000) are non-Arab Christians, those from minority religions and people listed as non-religious in the census.
The report added that since Israel’s 72nd Independence Day a year ago, the country's population has increased by 1.5% or 137,000 people.
Additionally, over the past year some 167,000 babies have been born, about 16,300 new immigrants have landed in the country, and more than 50,000 Israelis have died.
The report also states that during the establishment of the State of Israel, on May 14, 1948, the country’s population stood at about 806,000 people. Around that time, the percentage of Jews was about 82%.
Since 1948, about 3.3 million immigrants arrived in Israel, of whom about 1.5 million after 1990.
The CBS report also revealed that about 28% of Israelis are under the age of 14 and about 12% are over 65.
The CBS estimates that by 2030, Israel’s population will reach 11.1 million people, by 2040, it is set to reach 13.2 million and by Israel's 100th Independence Day, which will take place in 2048, the population set to reach some 15.2 million people.