Israel at 61: Population Stands at 7.4 Million, 75.5% Jewish

Central Bureau of Statistics: Israel has 1,498,000 Arab citizens, 20.2% of the general population.

On the eve of the 61st anniversary of its founding, the population of Israel stands at 7,411,000 - 75 percent of it Jewish - up from 7,282,000 last year.

According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, the Jewish population of Israel stands at 5,593,000 and the Arab population is listed at 1,498,000, or 20.2% of the general population.

Foreign residents of Israel and their children who are not citizens make up 4.3% of the country's population.

154,000 new babies were born in Israel and 12,000 people immigrated to the country over the past year.

Native Israelis, at least half of them second generation, constitute 70 percent of the country's population, a sharp increase from 1948, in which native Israelis constituted 35 percent of the country's population.

While in 1948 Tel Aviv, with a population of 248,000, was Israel's sole city, in modern day Israel there are 14 cities, each with over 100,000 residents, five of them - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Letzion and Ashdod - with a population of over 200,000. Jerusalem is Israel's largest city in terms of population and territory.