Independence Day - AFP - 18.4.10
Traffic coming to a halt next to the Azrieli Tower in Tel Aviv on Remembrance Day, ahead of Israel's 62nd Independence Day on April 18, 2010. Photo by AFP
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Israel's population stands at 7.746 million on the 63rd year of its independence, the Central Bureau for Statistics reported Sunday.

Since last Independence Day, there has been a 2% rise, 155,000 people, in Israel's population.

Israel's Jewish population comprises about 5.837 million (75.3%) of the total 7.746 million inhabitants, while Israeli Arabs comprise about 1.587 million (20.5%) of the total population.

Immigrants and their descendants who are not listed as Jews in the Interior Ministry, are about 322,000 (4.2%) inhabitants of the total population.

Upon the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, only 806,000 people composed the country's total population.

Since last Independence Day some 178,000 babies were born and some 43,000 people passed away. Some 12,000 people left the country over the past year, and Israel's population grew by another 7,500 people for reasons unspecified by the Bureau for Statistics.

According to the report, over 70% of Israel's Jewish inhabitants were born in Israel and more than half were at least second generation Israelis, in comparison to 1948, when only 35% of Israel's inhabitants were born in the country.

As of this Independence Day, 14 cities in Israel are home to more than 100,000 residents, of them 6 cities are home to more than 200,000 residents: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon Letzion, Ashdod, and Petah Tikvah. This is a stark contrast to 1948, when solely one city held more than 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv.