Israel's population numbered 8,345,000 people on the eve of its 67th anniversary, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) this week. At its establishment in 1948, the population of Israel was only 806,000.
About 6,251,000 Jews currently live in Israel, comprising 74.9 percent of the total population. The Arab population stands at 1,730,000 (20.7 percent) and 364,000 people are identified as "others", including non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and those not classified by religion, comprising 4.4 percent of the population.
Since the last Independence Day, Israel's population grew by some 162,000 residents – a 2 percent rise. During this period, approximately 176,000 babies were born in the country and some 44,000 people died. About 32,000 new immigrants came to Israel.
In 2014, about 75 percent of the Jewish population was "sabra" – natives of Israel, at least half of whom are second generation – compared to 35 percent in 1948.
In 1948, there was only one city in Israel with over 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Today, 14 cities have a population greater than 100,000, including six that top 200,000: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod, and Petah Tikva.