TEL AVIV - On the eve of Israel’s 57th Independence Day, the country’s population is estimated to stand at about 6.9 million residents, according to Central Bureau of Statistics figures.
About 5,260,000 Jews currently live in Israel, comprising 76 percent of the total population, alongside about 1,350,000 Arabs, who comprise approximately 20 percent of the population.
Notably, Israel’s population today is 8.5 times larger than it was at the time of the state’s establishment - about 806,000 people.
Since the last Independence Day, 149,000 babies were born in the country and about 26,000 new immigrants arrived here. About 9,500 newcomers came from Russia and former Soviet states, while 4,400 arrived from Ethiopia.
Almost a million Russians
On another front, 45 percent of the country’s residents live in towns whose population is 100,000 and above. A quarter of all Israelis reside in the four largest cities, Jerusalem (704,900,) Tel Aviv (371,000,) Haifa (269,300,) and Rishon Lezion (217,500.)
In 1948, Tel Aviv boasted a population of 248,500 people and was the only city in the country whose population was more than 100,000.
Meanwhile, 65 percent of Jews and those defined as “others” were born in Israel, while 35 percent were born abroad, including 950,000 people who were born in the former Soviet Union.
At the time of the state’s establishment, only 35 percent of Jews in the country were born here, while the rest came from overseas.