Israel at 66: 8.2 Million Residents and 14 Cities

75 percent of the Israeli population is Jewish, 20.7 percent Arab and 4.3 percent 'others,' according to the Bureau of Statistics.

Ofer Aderet
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Babies born in Israel.Credit: Ancho Gosh
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet

Israel's population has increased by 2 percent – or 157,000 people -since Independence Day last year, to a total of 8.2 million people today, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

In a statistical report released Thursday ahead of the country's sixty-sixth Independence Day next week, the bureau revealed that 178,000 babies were born since this time last year, 42,000 Israelis died and 24,000 immigrants arrived in the country.

Of the current population, 75 percent are Jews (6.13 million,) 20.7 percent are Arabs (1.69 million) and 4.3 percent (351,000) are defined as "others," primarily Christians who aren't Arabs, other religions and people without religion.

The figures released by the bureau do not include foreign workers, refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2012, they amounted to 202,000 people, according to figures released previously by the bureau.

Israel currently has 14 cities with populations exceeding 100,000 residents, six of which have populations exceeding 200,000 residents. In 1948, only one city – Tel Aviv – had more than 100,000 residents.

Seventy-five percent of the Jewish population was born in Israel and 50% of them are second-generation Israelis. In 1948, only 35% of the Jewish population was born in Israel.