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Israel’s Population Nears 10 Million, a 12-fold Increase Since State’s 1948 Founding

The population of Israel is edging toward 10 million, making it a dozen times larger than it was on the day the Jewish state was established, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, April 24, ahead of the country’s 75th Independence Day celebrations.

9,727,000 people are living in Israel, CBS said. Of those, 7,145,000 are Jewish, or 73.5 percent, along with 2,048,000 Arabs (21%) and 534,000 members of other minorities (5.5%).

Since last year, the population grew by 216,000 people, an increase of 2.3%. There were 183,000 babies born and 79,000 new immigrants arrived, while 51,000 people died. Over a quarter of Israelis, 28%, are children aged 14 or under, while 12% are over the age of 65.

When the state was founded on May 14, 1948, 806,000 people were living in the country, meaning it has grown twelvefold over the decades.

By 2030, the population is expected to reach 11.1 million, and by 2040, 13.2 million. In Israel’s centenary year, 2048, the population is predicted to hit 15.2 million.

According to the figures, at the end of 2021, 46% of the world’s total Jewish population was living in Israel. (TOI / VFI News)

“He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.” - Deuteronomy 30:5

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