On Jewish New Year's Eve, Israel's Population Reaches 9.4 Million

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File photo: People at the beach in Tel Aviv on Israel's Independence Day.
File photo: People at the beach in Tel Aviv on Israel's Independence Day.Credit: Moti Milrod

9,391,000 people now live in Israel, according to figures published Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, ahead of the Jewish New Year, which is celebrated starting Monday evening.

Since last Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population grew by about 1.6 percent, or 146,000 people, maintaining its growth rate of recent years. Last year, some 172,000 babies were born here.

About 48,000 people have died since last Rosh Hashanah, approximately 5,800 of them from COVID.

Some 20,000 immigrants have come to Israel since this time last year.

Israel’s Jewish population is approximately 6,943,000 (74 percent of the total population) and the Arab population is about 1,982,000 (21 percent). Others, some 446,000 (5 percent), are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions or of no religion.

Israel’s population is expected to reach 10 million by the end of 2024, 15 million by the end of 2048 and 20 million in 2065.

The Central Bureau of Statistics population figures include citizens, permanent residents and residents of the West Bank Jewish settlements. It does not include West Bank Palestinians.

Figures published by the Jewish Agency also on Sunday put the number of Jews worldwide at approximately 15.2 million, compared to 15.1 million the year prior.

The numbers include those who define themselves as Jews and who do not identify with another religion. When also including those who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, the world total rises to 25.3 million people, of which 7.3 million are in Israel and 18 million live outside Israel.

Among the global Jewish population, about 8.3 million live outside Israel. Countries with the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel include 6 million in the United States, followed by France at 446,000, Canada at 393,000, and Great Britain at 292,000.

Around 27,000 Jews live in Arab and Muslim states, of whom 14,500 live in Turkey, around 9,500 in Iran, around 2,000 in Morocco, and approximately 1,000 in Tunisia.